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(Spoken) : He passed a man's house and says: "Hello, stranger, why haven't you got your house kivered?" "In dry weather I don't need it kivered, and in rainy weather I can't kiver it."
Tum-a-tudle, tum-a-tudle,
Tum-a-tudle, all the day. (Spoken) : "Hello, stranger, how far is it to Big Rock ?" "I don't know. There is a hell of a big un down here in my spring house."
Tum-a-tudle, tum-a-tudle,
Tum-a-tudle, all the day.
Tu didle dar do-tu didle dar do,
Tu didle dar do-dady do,
Du-d5-daddle-du.
(Spoken) : "Hello, stranger, have you any liquor there to sell?" "I believe when the old woman biles her cabbage, she throws the liquor to the dogs." Tum-a-tudle, tum-a-tudle, Tum-a-tudle, all the day. (Spoken) : "Hello, stranger, can you feed my horse?" "Yes, sir. Put up this stranger's horse and feed him high."
(Aside) : "Feed him so high he can't reach it." Tum-a-tudle, tum-a-tudle, Tum-a-tudle, all the day. (Spoken) : "Hello, stranger, where does this road go to?" "I don't know. I've been living here forty-odd years and it has not gone anywhere yet."1 Tum-a-tudle, tum-a-tudle, Tum-a-tudle, all the day. (Stngs) : "Hello, fisherman, I wjsh you mighty well, If you have any sea crabs here for to sell ?" "Yes, I have one, two or three." "And if you have, just hand them out to me. Throw on their wethers, catch them on the back bone." And he laid them on his shoulder And tottled off home.
1 That the traveler need not go to the backwoods of Arkansas for the dry, quick re­plies of the country-man is shown by the following actual occurrence. A hasty stop wThile driving along a country road where a farmer was cutting the grass led to the seemingly silly question:
"Where am 1 going ?"
(Farmer, sharply). "I don't know.'*
"Well, where does this road lead ?"
(Farmer, more sharply). "Any where you want to go."
Thus rebuffed we drove on in uncertainty.
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