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The Boatsman and the Chest
See Sharp, One Hundred English Folksongs, p. 180; Flanders and Brown,
"Song Ballet." Obtained from Mrs. Hiram Proctor, Varnell, Georgia,
November, 1930. Mrs. Proctor is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
Harmon, of Cade's Cove, Tennessee.
1. Three boys was turned out of doors Because they could not sing.
2. And one of them was a weaver; And one of them was a miller;
And tbi~ other one was a little tailor boy; And they all tftree raged together.
3. And the weaver he stole yarn; And the miller he stole corn;
And the little tailor boy stole broadcloth To keep the three boys warm.
4. And the miller was drowned in his pond; And the weaver was hung in his yarn;
And the devil flew away with the little tailor boy With his broadcloth under his arm.
See Campbell and Shaip, No. 42.
"The Sailor Boy." Obtained from Mrs. Mary Tucker, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Varnell, Georgia, January, 1932.
1. The sailor boy come home very late in the night; He give the tailor boy a awful fright.
Chorus Tun raw, raw, tun a-rodle, folly day; Tun a-raw, raw, raw, tun a-roddle, folly day.

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