The brothers Kershaw based their Bully Of The Bayou on a different melody. Neither to be confused with coon song Bully Of The Town, May Irwin's theme song since stage show The Widow Jones in 1895 and covered from the Skillet Lickers to the Everly Brothers. The latter dates from the days when keelboats and flatboats reigned supreme on the Mississippi and Ohio River shores. Any crew had its own bully, the alfa-man, the strongest one, entitled to wear a feather on his hat. Soon as two of these keelboats landed on the same shore, any excuse was good to start a fight and when only one boat appeared, the bully of the town was challenged, long as he dared to show up ("I'm looking for the bully, the bully of the town, but the bully can't be found").