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The Little Old Sod Shanty On The Claim

"The Little Old Sod Shanty On The Claim" is an American folk song of unknown authorship. It appeared somewhere around 1880 published in several American newspapers. The printings suggested that it be sung to the tune of "The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane" written by Will Hays in 1871. The song tells of the trials of homesteading on the Great Plains and became immensley popular among the settlers. The title comes from variations of a refrain found in the verses and the chorus:
... my little old sod shanty on my claim.

Jack Thorp published a version of the song in his 1908 book, Songs of the Cowboys, titled "Little Adobe Casa" which he attributed to a Tom Beasley written in 1887.

"The Little Old Sod Shanty On The Claim" has been performed and recorded numerous times.



  • Lomax, John A., M.A. "The Little Old Sod Shanty". Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads, p. 186. The MacMillan Company, 1918. Online edition (pdf)
  • Pound, Louise (ed.). "The Little Old Sod Shanty On The Claim". American Ballads and Songs, p. 165. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1922).
  • Pound, Louise. Poetic Origins and the Ballad. New York: The Macmillan Company (1921).
  • Thorp, N. Howard "Jack". "Little Adobe Casa". Songs of the Cowboys, p. 93. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1908, 1921.
  • Waltz, Robert B; David G. Engle. " Little Old Sod Shanty On My Claim". The Traditional Ballad Index: An Annotated Bibliography of the Folk Songs of the English-Speaking World. Hosted by California State University, Fresno, Folklore, 2007.
  • Wattles, Willard Austin. "The Little Old Sod Shanty On the Claim: A Frontier song Tune". Sunflowers: A Book of Kansas Poems, p. 104. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co. (1916).

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