There is a song whose lyrics appear on this website. The song begins “Can I Sleep in Your Barn, Mister?” Does anyone know who wrote those lyrics? Is there any way to find out?
Sorry about my first reply. Read your post incorrctly. Believe it was written by Charley Poole.https://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/barn/summary.html
Check the Ballad Index. http://www.csufresno.edu/folklore/Contents.html
It's listed there with everything you want to know about this song.