English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 45
The Rich Old Lady
2   She went to the doctor's shop, As hard as she could go,
To see if there was anything she could find To turn her old man blind.
3   She got two walloping mar' bones And made him eat them all.
He says: O my dear beloved wife, I can't see you at all.
4   If I could see my way to go, I'd go to the river and drown. She says: I'll go along with you For fear you go astray.
5   She got up behind him
Just ready for to plunge him in ; He stepped a little to one side, Headlong she went in.
6   She begin to kick and scream As loud as she could bawl.
He says: O my dear beloved wife, I can't see you at all.
7   Him being tender-hearted And thinking she could swim, He got him a great, long pole And pushed her away out in.
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