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American Ballads and Folk Songs
We saw a little barrel, too, The heads were made of leather 5 They knocked upon it with little clubs, And called the folks together.
And there they'd fife away like fun, And play on cornstalk fiddles, And some had ribbons red as blood, All bound around their middles.
The troopers, too, would gallop up And fire right in our faces; It scared me almost to death To see them run such races.
Uncle Sam came there to change Some pancakes and some onions, For 'lasses cake to carry home To give his wife and young ones.
But I can't tell half I see,
They kept up such a smother;
So I took my hat off, made a bow,
And scampered home to mother.
Cousin Simon grew so bold, I thought he would have cocked it; It scared me so I streaked it off, And hung by father's pocket.
And there I saw a pumpkin shell, As big as mother's basin; And every time they touched it off, They scampered like the nation.