Folk Songs from the Southern Highlands - online songbook

Southern Appalachians songs with lyrics, commentary & some sheet music.

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Voucher Codes

Share page  Visit Us On FB

Previous Contents Next
Ballads and Songs
CLAUD ALLEN The songs about Claud and Sidney Allen are based on facts. The local information is that both Aliens shot sheriffs over a dispute about liquor and that Sidney was released from prison not long ago. The Hillsville, Virginia, courthouse seems to have been the chief seat of warfare. It is still pointed out to tourists. Cf. Richardson and Spaeth, American Mountain Songs, p. 34 ("The Pardon of Sidna Allen") and the note, p. 106, which gives some account of the local feud at Hillsville, Virginia. Cf. also Hudson, Specimens of Mississippi Fork-Lore, No. 71.
Obtained from Miss Dicie McLean, Crossnore, Avery County, North
Carolina, July, 1929.
1. Claud Allen and his dear old father Have met their fatal doom at last.
Their friends are glad their troubles are over And hope their souls are now at rest.
2. Claud's mother's tears will gently flow For the loss of the ones she loves so dear. It seems that none can tell her troubles; It seems no one can tell but her.
3. Claud Allen had a pretty sweetheart To mourn the loss of the one she loved. She hopes to meet beyond the river
A fair young face in heaven above.
4. Claud was young and very handsome And still had hopes until the last That he might in some way or other Escape his death at the Richmond Pen.
5.  The governor being so hard hearted And not caring what his friends might say That he finally took his sweet life from him And they laid his body in the clay.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III