Cock Robin


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Cock Robin


One leaf typewritten and handwritten on the front side. The document is in excellent physical condition. The document was laminated. An exact duplicate was laminated back-to-back with the document. The document was horizontally folded into thirds, possibly for mailing. There is a handwritten check mark at the lower right corner. The first informant citation follows the document title. A second informant citation follows the document text.


Ballads, English -- Kentucky Ballads, English -- North Carolina Robins -- Songs and music Anthropomorphism -- Songs and music Death -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

Who Killed Cock Robin, Who Killed Poor Robin


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created



I. G. Greer


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English, Musical notation


Typescript, Sheet music


Cocky Robin.
Tune: C.J.S.
From Knox Co., Kentucky

1. Who killed Cocky Robin? Who killed Cocky Robin?
I, said the sparrow, with my little bow and arrow.
It was I. It was I.

2. Who saw him die? …
I, said the fly, with my little teency eye. …

3. Who caught his blood? …
I, said the fish, with my little silver dish. …

4. Who made his coffin? …
I, said the snipe, with my little pocket knife. …

5. Who made his shroud-en?
I, said the eagle, with my little sewing needle. …

6. Who dug his grave? …
I, said the crow, with my little spade and hoe. …

7. Who hauled him to it? …
I, said the lark, with my little horse and cart. …

8. Who let him down? …
I, said the crane, with my little golden chain. …

9. Who pat his grave? …
I, said the duck, with my little paddy foot. …

10. Who preached his funeral?
Who preached his funeral?
I, said the swallow, just as loud as I could holler.
It was I. It was I.

(Verses 4, 8, and 9, are from the Middleton
family, Niggerskull Mountain, Jackson Co., N.C.)

Classification Title

Cock Robin

Document Title

Cocky Robin


C. J. S., Middleton family

Geographic Location

Knox County, Kentucky

Alternate Geographic Location

Niggerskull Mountain, Jackson County, North Carolina

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Additional Ballads - 315

Dimensions - Original

216 mm x 279 mm

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Transcribed By

Paul L. Robertson

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