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5. Can she hoe? Gin she plow, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Can she hoe ? Can she plow, charming Billy ?
She can hoe; she can plow; she can milk a muley cow; But the young thing can't leave her mammy.
6. Can she whistle ? Can she sing, Billy Boy, Billy Boy ? Can she whisde ? Can she sing, charming Billy ?
She can whistle; she can sing; she can do most anything; But the young thing can't leave her mammy.
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Obtained from Mrs. J. W. Stokes, Lithonia, Georgia, October, 1931.
1. Can she bake a pumpkin pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Can she bake a pumpkin pie, charming Billy ?
She can bake a pumpkin pie quick as a cat can wink its eye; She's a young gal and cannot leave her mother.
2. Can she patch a pair of breeches, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Can she patch a pair of breeches, charming Billy?
She can patch a pair of breeches with the cutest little stiches; She's a young gal and cannot leave her mother.
3. How old is she, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? How old is she, charming Billy ?
She's twice six, twice seven, twice twenty and eleven; She's a young gal and cannot leave her mother.
4. Can she make light bread, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Can she make light bread, charming Billy ?
She can make light bread without an oven or a lid; She's a young gal and cannot leave her mother.
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Obtained from Ray Bohanan, Indian Gap, Route 15, Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, June 21, 1932.
1. Where have you been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Where have you been, charming Billy ? I have been to see my wife; She is the joy of my life; She is a little too young to leave her mother.
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