SPISCE ANIMALS

Music is the best means
we have of digesting time.
~W. H. Auden
Irene and Ellen Kossoy

—The Wagoner's Lad

This song would appear to be another ballad of unrequited love, but in actuality is a folk lyric made up of various entire stanzas taken from other songs and ballads. Other songs with similar stanzas include Old Smokey, East Virginia, and The Un-constant Lover. The soon-to-be-deserted young lady of the song resorts to several ruses to hold her departing lover, including telling him that his horses and wagon aren’t really ready for a trip. But all to no avail. The Kossoys learned this version from an Old mountain recording of Buell Kazee.

—Sleeve Notes, "The Wagoner’s Lad," The Bowling Green. 1956

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