Posted by Jody Stecher
Excerpted from Traditional Songs with Jody Stecher
Jody Stecher got this song from John Herald, the guitar player and lead singer in the Greenbriar Boys, which was a New York City bluegrass band that he joined as a mandolin player when he was 17, just out of high school.
They sing this song in Cajun Louisiana; it’s “Chanson de Cinquante Sous.” Same story, same melody, although there are different melodies.
Here is an eight-bar excerpt.