What a great song! I love Jimmy Driftwood, but I'd never heard this one. You've done an excellent job of understanding his accent. Here are some corrections:
1.To the rest of the world, a Yankee is an American. To an American, a Yankee is someone from the U.S.'s north - NOT a southerner! To a northerner, it's someone from New England. To a New Englander, it's someone from northern New England. To a northern New Englander, it's a Republican whose grandparents lived in the same town and who eats blueberry pie for breakfast.
2. The Jayhawkers (or Jayhawks) were an anti-slavery militia. This doesn't mean that the singer was a slave-owner. Probably not. It's unlikely that someone this poor owned slaves. But the herd of yearlings were sure to be attractive swag to everyone they met - hungry Yankees, hungry Rebels, hungry Jayhawkers, hungry Indians, hungry wolves, hungry bears (bars!) and everyone in between. Now we use the word as a nickname for someone from the state of Kansas. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayhawker
Thanks for the post. This was fun.
Interested in Language