Derived from a fronteer favorite about fertility symbol The Ram Of The Derby, an English ballad popular with soldiers at the birth of the American nation. Became a New Orleans jazz funeral standard. Once the body buried, the Grand Marshall turns his sash (from dark to colourful), the snare drummer removes the muffling handkerchief from his tom, rolls the drum loudly and the whole band starts to play Didn't He Ramble. Jazz literally rose from the death.
Charlie Poole [as He Rambled; he also recorded Arthur Collins's Moving Day (as It's Moving Day)]
Teddy Buckner [in film Pete Kelly's Blues]
Kossoy Sisters with Erik Darling [as The Darby Ram]
Judy Hart [Judy Henske produced by Jack Nitzsche]
Debby McClatchy [as Charlie Poole's Ramble]
Loudon Wainwright III [on High, Wide & Handsome - The Charlie Poole Project]
In New Orleans death is considered as a relief, birth as a burden.