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2. The tailor boy said: "Now, what will I do?" "Jump in this big chist; I will turn the lock on you.3
3. "O captain, O captain, what mean this ?
I am going to the sea and I want a bigger chist." Chorus
4. He opened up the chist in the presence of them all; There lay the tailor boy like a pig in the stall.
5. The sailor boy being heavy made and strong, He picked up the big chist and carried it along.
6. He tuk him to the sea and tied him to the ship; The fish played a kitty nine tail all around his lip.
THE DISHONEST MILLER See Cox, No. 155; Thomas, p. 80; Journal, XXXV, 390; Brown, p. 10.
Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. Ewart Wilson, Pensa-cola, North Carolina, August, 1931.
1. There was an old miller and he was well known; He had three sons who were well nigh grown; He came to die to make his will;
He had nothing to give but an old tub mill.
Refrain Fa-de-re-de-ri-you-die-you-die. Fa-de-re-de-ri.
2. He first called up his oldest son;
He says: "My son, I'm well nigh done. If the mill to you I should make, Come, tell me how much toll you intend for to take." Refrain

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