“Way Down on the Old Peedee”


"Away down south, on the old Peedee, Away down in the cotton and the corn, There lived old Joe, and he lived so long That nobody knows when he was born." The song describes how the old, old slave was buried


This song is so like "Uncle Ned" in its ideas, and even its style, that I can't help but think it designed to take advantage of that early Foster work. But I haven't located a source. - RBW

Cross references


  1. BrownIII 421, "Way Down on the Old Peedee" (1 text plus a possibly-related fragment)
  2. Roud #11770
  3. BI, Br3421


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Brown)
Keywords: slave death burial age
Found in: US(SE)