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The Old Man's Courtship
98 THE OLD MAN'S COURTSHIP See Sharp, Songs, II, p. 66; Shoemaker, 3rd ed., p. 307; Alfred Williams, Folk-Songs of the Upper Thames, p. 73; Campbell and Sharp, No. 108. For further American and English references, see Cox, No. 169.
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"His Old Gray Beard a-Shining." Obtained from Miss Virginia Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ewart Wilson, Pensacola, North Carolina, August, 1931.
1. My mamma, she bid me to open the gate; Oh, but I won't have him.
1 operu d the gate, and he walked very straight With his old ^ray beard a-shining.
2. My mamma, she bid me to open the door; Oh, but I won't have him.
I opened the door and he fell in the floor With his old gray beard a-shining.
3. My mamma, she bid me to set him a stool; Oh, but I won't have him.
I set him a stool and he looked like a fool With his old gray beard a-shining.
4. My mamma, she bid me to set him a chair; Oh, but I won't have him.
1 got him a chair, and he called me his dear With his old gray beard a-shining.
5. My mamma, she bid me to fry him a fish; Oh, but I won't have him.
I fried him a fish, and he swallowed the dish With his old gray beard a-shining.
6. My mamma, she bid me to get him a fork; Oh, but I won't have him.
And he wished I was in New York With his old gray beard a-shining.
7. My mamma, she bid me to give him a knife; Oh, but 1 won't have him.
I gave him a knife and he called me his wife With his old gray beard a-shining.
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