The Lead Belly song “where did you sleep last night” is one that has been passed down through generations of oral traditions and more recently become evident in today’s written music. The songs unknown origins have gone through countless covers by many different types of artists. Once it is picked up, an artist then changes or adds to the lyrics to suit their particular needs, but the songs main theme seems to stay intact across most renditions; dark, haunting, and sadness filled verses. I don’t feel like there are any significant changes throughout the song, but for me this seems to only add to the already obvious unsettling feeling. The songs simplicity enhances the songs sorrow filled and haunting lyrics. The tone and the pitch of Lead Belly’s voice does not change throughout the song. All are aspects in which I feel help make a strong case for giving this song the “folk song” title.