About a prisoner in Columbus, GA, begging his loved one to leave him now that she's in love with someone else (same theme in earlier ballads like (My) Dear Companion and Leave Me If You Wish). Columbus was Tom Darby's hometown, who claimed to be the author and to be related with Riley Puckett of the Skillet Lickers. Jimmie Tarlton was the son of a sharecropper and the lapsteel forerunner of Cliff Carlisle. Their harmony singing was their hallmark, somewhere between blues and country to be. Neither survived the depression.
Bill Justis [as Cattywampus for Sun]
Ace Cannon [coauthor of Cattywampus (cut by Bill Justis) as Tuff]
Judy Henske [folkabilly]
Doug Sahm & Band [outtake]
Doc Watson [on his Memories album; "I have seen the David, Seen the Mona Lisa too, And I have heard Doc Watson play Columbus Stockade Blues" - (Guy Clark)]
Hans Theessink, Donovan & Arlo Guthrie [on Bongoman, A Tribute To Derroll Adams]
Also cut by Woody Guthrie and informally recorded on Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley. Since 1943 the copyright belongs to Jimmy Davis (see also: You Are My Sunshine). See also: Trimdon Grange Explosion.