28. This one I heard at Sapfest (harvesting maple sap) in Northern Wisconsin. I’m not sure if it’s well known, since I only ever heard it from my family.
It’s called the buried boy, and it came out of this song we sing while at Sapfest. It’s pretty much just singing about a guy sitting on the riverbank with his sweetheart while he talks about his older brother, who was murdered and buried by his dad.
According to the story, the older brother rose up that night and killed his dad as payback. Except for, his eyes had already been eaten by birds, so he didn’t see that his father was dead. So he kept wandering around, searching for his father in order to kill him.
So he wanders around the woods, searching for his father in order to get revenge. He bangs on the doors and windows of log cabins, and if he finds it open, he’ll come in and murder everyone. Also, if you pass by his grave (across the riverbank, in the song) he’ll know and he’ll stalk you through the trees.
It doesn’t seem as scary in a city, but when you got separated from everyone in the woods and the sun is setting, or when you’re trying to sleep and the wind is banging against the door, it gets a lot scarier.
I still don’t like crossing rivers at night, even in a car over a bridge.