On top of old smokey
a traditional folk song of the United States. It is catalogued as Roud Folk Song Index No. 414. Using an arrangement by Pete Seeger
, The Weavers recorded a version which reached the pop music charts in 1951. It is unclear when, where and by whom the song was first sung. In historical times folksongs were the informal property of the communities that sang them, passed down through generations. They were published only when a curious person took the trouble to visit singers and document their songs, an activity that in America began only around the turn of the 20th century. For this reason it is unlikely that an originator of "On Top of Old Smoky" could ever be identified.