To Sold: Three Tragic Lives—Vain, Prodigal and Penitent
© 2017 James LaFond
The night I was married
And in my marriage bed
There come a fierce sea captain
And stood by my bed stead.
His men, they bound me tightly
With a rope so cruel and strong
And carried me over the waters
To labor for seven years long.
- ‘An Ancient Song’ 
1. Cited by Caudill on pages 5-6 of Night Comes to the Cumberlands, credited by Jim Goad on page 58 of The Redneck Manifesto, and attributed by Caudell to posterity.