CAN I SLEEP IN YOUR BARN TONIGHT MISTER

Latest update on 13/02/2018

Artist: Charlie Poole
Author: traditional
Label: Columbia
Year: 1925

B-side of Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Blues (see there). Oldest recording with this familiar tune, but no further resemblance with Red River Valley, known in many text variations depending the region: Bright Sherman Valley, Bright Laurel Valley, Bright Mohawk Valley, etc. Lyrics first published as Bright Mohawk Valley by James Kerrigan (ca. 1896). Tune probably older.

Covers:

1925:

Carl T. Sprague [early singing cowboy as Cowboy Love Song (Columbia); sings about his "bright little valley"]

1925:

Bascom & Blackwell Lunsford [as Sherman Valley]

1926:

Kelly Harrell [as Bright Sherman Valley]

1926:

Luther B. Clark [idem]

1927:

Hugh Cross & Riley Puckett [B-side of Don't Let Your Deal Go Down]

1927:

Lester McFarland & Robert Gardner [as Bright Sherman Valley]

1927:

Ernest V. Stoneman [idem]

1927:

Riley Puckett [idem]

1932:

David Gauthier [as Bright Mohawk Valley]

1932:

Knight Sisters [idem]

1940:

Texas Jim Robertson [as Red River Valley]

1940:

Henry Fonda & Jane Darnell [idem]

1944:

Woody Guthrie [idem; in the late thirties also as Jarama Valley, scene of a massacre among anti-fascists during the Spanish Civil War; Ernst Busch, Hedy West and Rolf Bierman also cut a version]

1944:

Tom Glazer [as Jarama Valley, on Songs Of The Lincoln Brigade, reissued on Songs Of The Spanish Civil War (Smithsonian Folkways)]

1945:

Jimmy Wakely [as Red River Valley]

1946:

Gene Autry [idem]

1947:

Sons Of The Pioneers [idem]

1947:

Bill Haley [idem]

1948:

Jo Stafford [idem]

1959:

Hank Thompson [as May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister]

1959:

Johnny & The Hurricanes [as Red River Rock]

1959:

Peter Schilperoort [of Dutch Swing College Band fame]

1977:

Marty Robbins [idem]

1998:

George Strait [in film The Horse Whisperer]

2006:

Cassandra Wilson [as Red River Valley]

2006:

Garrison Keiller & Jearlyn Steele [in Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion]

2018:

Johnny Dowd [as Red River Valley]

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