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American Ballads and Folk Songs
David was a shepherd and a scrappy little cuss, Along came Goliath, just a-spoilin' for a mussj
Now, David didn't want to fight, but thought he must or bust, So he cotched up a cobblestone and busted in his crust.
Ahab had a wife, and her name was Jezebel j
She went out in the vineyard to hang the clothes and fell.
She's gone to the dogs, the people told the king, Ahab said he'd never heard of such an awful thing.
Samson was a strong man of the John L. Sullivan school,
He slew ten thousand Philistines with the jawbone of a mule.
But Delilah captured him and filled him full of gin, Slashed off his hair, and the coppers run him in.
Samson was a husky guy as every one should know,
He used to lift five hundred pounds as strong man in his show.
One week the bill was rotten, all the actors had a souse, But the strong-man act of Samson's, it just brought down the house.
Salome was a chorus girl who had a winning way, She was the star attraction in King Herod's Cabaret.
Although you can hardly say discretion was her rule,
She's the favorite Bible figure in the Gertrude Hoffman school.
There are plenty of these Bible tales. I'll tell you one tomorrow How Lot, his wife and family fled from Sodom and Gomorrah;
But his wife she turned to rubber and got stuck upon the spot, And became a salty monument and missed a happy Lot.
Now Joey was unhappy in the bowels of the soil,
He lost his pretty rainbow coat because he wouldn't toil.
He hollered, howled, and bellowed until far into the night, But of course you couldn't see him, for he was out of sight.