Traditional American folk song known throughout the South and Southwest. Alberta is also known as Roberta, Kempie, or Cappy, and she always wants a shawl. Often it's $9, but the woman I sing about is of a higher class. She wants a $10 shawl!
A cowboy classic from 1911 by John Grafton Rogers and John H. Gower. Tow headed means blonde. A quirt is a small whip. I stole this song from my good buddy Anne Price, who sings on the refrains. Allen Hopkins added the harmonica part.