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American Ballads and Folk Songs
[The Woman Speaks]
When I was single, went dressed so finej Now I am married, go ragged all the time.
I wish I was a single girl again,
O Lord, don't I wish I was a single girl again!
When I was single, my shoes did screak j Now I am married, my shoes they do leak-
Three little babies crying for bread,
With none to give them, I'd rather be dead.
Wash them and strip them and put them to bed, Before your husband curses you and wishes them dead.
Wash their little feet and send them to school, Along comes a drunkard and calls them a fool.
When I was single, I eat biscuit and piej Now I am married it's eat corn-bread or die.
When he comes in, it's a curse and a row,
Knocking down the children and pulling out my hair.
Dishes to wash and spring to go toj When you are married, you've all to do.
Suppers to get, the cows to milk,
Them blame little children is all crying yet.