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'Long came an old woman, picking them up,
Picking them up, picking them up, 'Long came an old woman, picking them up, ho, ho.
Up jumped Old Robin and gave her a thump,
Gave her a thump, gave her a thump, Up jumped Old Robin and gave her a thump, ho, ho.
, He made the old woman go hip-a-hop,
Hip-a-hop, hip-a-hop, He made the old woman go hip-a-hop, ho, ho.
, If you want any more song, sing it yourself,
Sing it yourself, sing it yourself, If you want any more song, sing it yourself, ho, ho.
Shoemaker, p. 128 (2nd edition), has part of this song. It is entitled, "Camp Barber's Song, Black Forest." Mrs. J. C. F., who contributed Col. Shoemaker's song, says: "This song was sung by an uncle in the fifties. There may be other verses, but I have never heard any. My uncle passed away in '65, but my mother used to sing to me many of the songs he liked. It may be classed as a true 'folk song', but was sung by the common people
Obtained from Edna Bohanan, Indian Gap, Route #15, Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, August, 1929.
i. There was in a city not far from a spot
A barber who set up a snug litde shop,
With his looks so sad, and his smiles so sweet,
That he drew everybody right in from the street. 2. He had bad customers he thought he would stop,
That no one for credit should come to his shop.
So he bought him a razor full of nicks and rust
To shave the poor devils who came for trust. 5. An old Irishman, who was passing that way,
Whose beard had been growing for many a day,
He looked at the barber and lay down his hoe:
Says, "Will you trust me a shave, for the pure love of God?"