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The Farmer's Curst Wife
-2/ THE WIFE WRAPT IN WETHER'S SKIN
(Child, No. 277)
For American texts, see Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, p. 322; Belden, No. 12; Brown, p. 9; Campbell and Sharp, No. 33; Cox, No. 29; Davis, No. 45; Flanders and Brown, p. 224; Hudson, No. 21; Pound, Ballads, No. 6; Shearin and Combs, p. 8; Journal, XIX, 298 (Belden); XXX, 328 (Kittredge); XXXIX, 109 (Hudson). Cf. Sharp, Songs, I, No. 6.
Obtained from Mrs. Samuel Harmon, August 12, 1930, who remembered only a few lines but said that she used to sing the song.
1. He tuk a sheep's skin To the old woman's back; He tuk two little sticks And he made it crack. Come a lu ...........
26 THE FARMER'S CURST WIFE
(Child, No. 278)
Davis gives thirteen texts and six tunes from Virginia and points out that a text like the following fits the comic story of the ballad. (Cf. Child A). For American texts, see Barry, No. 28; Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, p. 325; Belden, No. 13; Campbell and Sharp, No. 34; Cox, No. 30; Flanders and Brown, p. 226; Davis, No. 46; Mackenzie, Ballads, No. 15; Sharp, Songs, II, No. 3; Journal, XIX, 298 (Belden); XXIV, 348 (Barry); XXVII, 68 (Barry); XXX, 329 (Kittredge); PTFLS, No. 10, pp. 164165.
Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Samuel Harmon, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1930. Mr. Harmon learned the song from his Grandfather Hicks.
1. The old devil came to me one day at my plow. (Whistle a line) It's not your old daughter that now I crave, But your scolding wife and her I will have. And to rand dowdle lin dowdle in day.
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