Unfortunate Rake, Sheet Music 01


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Unfortunate Rake, Sheet Music 01


This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.


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Alternative Title

The Dying Cow Boy, The Cowboy, Cow Boy, The Wounded Cowboy, A Dying Cowboy, The Cowboy's Lament, The Unfortunate Lad, The Wild Cowboy


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University


Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967


Notated music




The Dying Cowboy

As I wondered down the lane one morning, as I passed by the bar room one
morning in May. It was there I spied a handsome cow boy all
robed in white linen prepared for the grave. Go, beat the drum slowly and
play the fife lowly and sing the death march as they carry me a long. Then take me to the graveyard &
place the sod o'er me for I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong.

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Native American Ballads - 263 Randolph. 182 Laws. B 1 Cox. 53 Combs 49

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