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Our Goodman
(Child, No. 274)
The A text came as a result of our visit to the haunts of "Big Tom" Wilson, famed hunter of the Black Mountains, on the Cane River at the western base of Mount Mitchell, still a wild region little frequented by trav­elers. Here lives Adolph, his son, who has a mountain inn. "Big Tom's" grandson, Ewart, has in recent years constructed a road on this side of Mount Mitchell and has a camp near the top where those daring enough to drive their cars may find refreshments and lodging. Travelers may also find first-rate entertainment at his home at the foot of the mountain. Mrs. Ewart Wilson knows a number of traditional ballads and other songs. B came from the Harmons, of Cade's Cove, Tennessee, from whom many of the texts in this book have come. The fragment C came from North Carolina.
For American texts, see Barry, No. 17; Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, p. 315; Brown, p. 9; Campbell and Sharp, No. 32; Frank Shay, More Pious Friends and Drunken Companions, p. 31; Cox, No. 28; Davis, No. 43; Finger, p. 161; Hudson, No. 26; Jones, p. 301; Mackenzie, Ballads, No. 14; C. A. Smith, p. 17; Reed Smith, Ballads, No. 14; Journal, XVIII, 294 (Barry); XXX, 199 (Parsons). Cf. also Journal, XXIX, 166; XXX, 328; XXXV, 348; Jones, p. 13.
"Home Came the Goodman." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. Ewart Wilson, Pensacola, North Carolina, August, 1930. Mrs. Wilson learned the song from her brother, Edgar Ray.
1.1 came home the other night Just as drunk as I could be; I found a hat hanging on the rack Where my hat ought to be.
2. "Come here, my little wiiie, And explain this thing to me: How comes a hat upon the rack Where my hat ought to be?"

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