English Folk Songs From The Appalachian Mountains Series 2

By Cecil J. Sharp, With Pianoforte Accompaniment

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THE FARMER'S CURST WIFE.
1.    There was an old man who lived near hell; He had a little farm and upon it did dwell.
Sing tiro ratteling day
2.   The devil came to him one day to his plough, Saying: One of your fam'ly I'll have to have now.
3.    It's neither your son nor your daughter I crave, But your old scolding wife 111 have to have.
4.   Take her, O take her with all my heart. I hope you and she will never part.
5.    He picked her up all on his back,
And like an old pedlar went wagging his pack.
6.    He carried her down to the high gates of hell, Saying: Rake back the coals and we'll roast her well
7.    Twelve little devils came walking by;
She up with her foot, kicked eleven in the fire.
8.    The odd little devil peeped over the wall, Saying: Take her back, daddy, she'll kill us all.
9.    So he picked her up all on his back,
Just like an old foo! went wagging her back.
10.   Seven years gone and sev'n a-coming back; She called for the baccy she left in the crack.
11 The women they are so much better than men; When they go to hell they're sent back again.
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