The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46378   Message #687668
Posted By: BlueSage
11-Apr-02 - 02:28 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Jean Baptiste (from Utah Phillips)
Subject: Words to Utah Phillips poem?
A few years ago, I heard Bruce Phillips recite a poem he had composed about a grave robber from Salt Lake City. This was based upon a true story about a grave digger from 1800's Utah who would strip the dead of anything of value before burying the caskets. He was caught and exiled to an island in the Great Salt Lake. He eventually turned up missing. One folk tale has him drowning while trying to swim to shore. His ghost is said to haunt the swamps around the lake!

If anyone knows the word to Bruce's poem, it would be much appreciated...... Mike Iverson