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Author of the words

There is a song whose lyrics appear on this website. The song begins “Can I Sleep in Your Barn, Mister?” Does anyone know who wrote those lyrics? Is there any way to find out?

Edited Feb 6, 2019 by Frances Borden
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Check Toneway site under “songs”. “May I sleep in your barn tonite mister”

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I know the tune is Red River Valley.

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Sorry about my first reply. Read your post incorrctly. Believe it was written by Charley Poole.https://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/barn/summary.html

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Check the Ballad Index. http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/Contents.html
It's listed there with everything you want to know about this song.

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