Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
February 20, 1950
Interview With High
High..No, it wasn't like that.
M Well, this is called a tape recorder.
High..This California man had one different, too, I think. He said then
he'd come back again. He come up here in Missouri. He's got some
folks up there, but he lives out there—— somewhere in California.
He wrote the boys and said, Oh, we'll just have another big time.
We'll have some more songs— play some tunes. Troy up here, he's
got a— he's a musicianer and then, he's got a son-in-law that is,
and they caught a lot of their pickinnin'— fiddlein' and one thing
another. Well, this Williams, he can sang that Wabash Cannon Ball
and just whistle and toot just as much— and they caught my—
Mrs. High..And roll 'em.
High..Roll 'em, yeah. He's down here at the creek while I was cording
that wood down at the canning factry and he said—
Mrs. H..Today, you mean.
High..Today. And he'se washing his car up. Oh, he had it as bright as
a silver dollar.
Mrs. H..Yeah, you could git some good records from him.
M ... They play a guitar and fiddle, do they?
Mrs. H..Uh huh.
M ... Well, that sounds good. I'll go see 'em some time but I'm mainly
interested in hearing some of Mr. High's old fashioned ballads.
High..Well, you'll stay all night with us w on't you?
M.....Oh, you're mighty kind. I guess I better find a—
High..We've got a bed out there where my wife's daddy stays here with
us but he's off visiting. He's got a bed out there in this old
storehouse. We went broke a-selling goods and had to quit.
M .....I see. High..And then, when we got out of debt, I went out to invoice my kinfolk
and they said, Make a book out of it. And I had a whole lot of
'em made. Rayburn had some over there. I guess he told you about it.
M.....I've never seen your book but I've heard about it. Mr. Randolph
told me about it.
High..Randolph? Who is he?
M ....Mr. Vance Randolph. You know him? — in Eurika Springs?
High..I know the name but I don't know him.
M ....Well, he's a collector of songs, and stories and he's a writer—
High..Oh, yes. Didn't he have one of them once?
M ....Well, he had an old fashioned disk recorder.
High..Up in Missouri?
M ....Yeah, that's right.
High..Yeah, and he wanted me and a sister to come up there and sang for
him. He never would make us no kind of proposition that he'd pay
the transportation or board us or nothing.
M ....You know, he was handicapped, though. He didn't have his expenses
paid too well when he was working.
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High..Well, I didn't know how he was but he never did give us no
outline while this other fella paid way over that.
M .....I see.
High..He paid for feed and bed while we stayed over there. That is— Rayburn.
They say he's a fine man. Have you got that thing catching what
we're talking now?
M Yeah, it's all hooked up. What I'se thinking about doing was
getting some stories— talk as well as songs, you know. And I can
erase it all.
High..What kind of songs do you want? What kind have you heard that you'd
M.....Well, I'm interested in these old ballad songs— these old story
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