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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
19-Oct-04 - 10:20 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lay Down Little Dogies / ...Doggies
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Lay down little doggies' ????
Correction: Lomax did attribute the song to Stephens in the 1910 printing. Sorry for the mistake.

John I. White, 1975, "Git Along, Little Dogies" says the music apparently first appeared in 1928, in Ina Sires, "Songs of the Open Range," Birchard & Co., Boston.
White gives music, using the title "Move Slow, Dogies, Move Slow," transcribed by David Cohen from Harry Stephens singing on "Cowboy Songs, Ballads and Cattle Calls from Texas," Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song L 28, reproduced in Lingenfelter and Dwyer, 1968, "Songs of the American West."
In 1931, different music, along with different words, appeared in Margaret Larkin, "Singing Cowboy," without attribution.

Also reported by White, Vernon Dalhart made an imitation; "Cowboy's Herding Song- Lay Down Dogies," in 1927. White gives the first verse:

Oh, move slow, dogies, and lay down to rest,
The sun is a-sinkin' out there in the West.
Oh, move slow, dogies, stretch out on the ground,
And don't be forever trampin' around.
Move slow, dogies, move slow.
Hi-oh, hi-oh, hi-oh.
Victor 38455; Brunswick 138-A.

John I. White, 1975, "Git Along, Little Dogies," pp. 54-61, University of Illinois Press.

Larkin's "Night Herding Song" with different words is printed in "Singing Cowboy, A Book of Western Songs," collected and edited by Margaret Larkin, pp. 26-29, Alfred Knopf 1931, reprinted by Oak Publications, 1963. The music and words are presumably hers.