Manly Wade Wellman Reference!

A musician called Billy Strings has a Doc Watson tribute up on YouTube. About 31 minutes in, he plays a song that’s obviously the same, or close to, the Carolina song referenced in “The Desrick on Yandro” as well as all the other “The cuckoo is a pretty bird” quotes found in the John the Balladeer stories.

It’s one of the “My horses aren’t hungry” type of compilation of verses, but the tune also seems pretty likely to be close to whatever version Wellman heard, up around Asheville NC.

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