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106 AN OLD MAN AT HIS GRAVE Alfred Williams in his Folk-Songs of the Upper Thames gives a fragment of this song.
Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Miss Pauline Franklin, Crossnore, North Carolina, August, 1931.
1. I'd rather marry a young man With an apple in his hand Than to marry an old man With all his house and land.
Chorus An old man, and an old man, An old man at his grave; A young man's heart is full of love; Get away old man, get away.
2. I'd rather marry a young man That ditches all the time Than to marry an old man That dresses in breeches so fine.
Chorus
3. I'd rather marry a young man With forty cows to milk Than to marry an old man That would dress me up in silk.
Chorus
107 I HAVE ALWAYS HEARD OF THESE OLD MEN This song has the same theme as the preceding one. It was obtained from Mrs. Mary Tucker, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Varnell, Georgia.
1.1 have always heard of these old men Until I got one at last. I wish grim death had seized him Before I seen his face.
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