Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
February 20, 1950
Berryville Jail Story
High •• There was a boy got b rnt up in the Berryville Jail several
years ago and there's just one woman that I know of that knows
M• •••• There's a song about it.
High.•• Made a song ahout it.
M• •••• She made it up, you know?
High •• No, nobody did, but there's just one woman that knows that and
she's a cousin to my wife here and she come here--she lives up
in Missouri. Near Springfield. No, it's over at Neosho. We've
wrote and wrote and I told her here--I said, Let's git that down,
and she wouldn't do nothing--and won't answer ner nothing.
M••••• Is that right.
High •• And I said I'd give a quarter for that song.
M• ••••W ell I 'llbe derned.
High •• And, oh, hit was a good one. I just--it 1se lonesome . The boy
just--well I guess he set the jail house afire hisself and thought
they'd comeand git him out, and it burnt him up in there. And
The jail house caught fire and the jailer didn't
come a-nigh me,
But just lay there and slept;
My name it is Floyd Eddings, the son of old Doc ,
He hardly denied me but I'm one of his flock,
tay at home and go naked, I'm one of his flock.
That's in there. He stold a suit of clothes and they had him
arreste and put him in jail. And that night--the first night--
why, the jail house caught fire--just a little' old plank outfit-several
years ago. Way back further than I can recollect. And
they made a song of it.
M ••••• You don't know who made the song?
High •• No, I don't know who it was. I don 't know but this woman that
knows it and she says, I know it. She had been with us along in
the fall. Went over to the grave yard and saw her Paw and
Maw's--er--her Paw's grave and just went right back that day.
M• ••••W hat1s her name, sir?
High •• Uh--she's jn that book.
Mrs. H •• Frank.
High •• She's Allen but she married a man by the name of Frank. F-R-A-N-K-S or
Mrs. H •• Frank--wi thou.t the nsu .
High •• It could take a little while, but there's the book.
M• •••• I see.
High •• I've got 2540 kinfolk's names in there--scattered all over the
country but I don't think I've airy one in Fayetteville. None
in Fayetteville, I don't think.
M• ••••W hich direction do they go mostly? Up toward Missouri?
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