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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana 155
THE FARMER'S CURST WIFE (Child, No. 278)
One copy only of this ballad has been found in Indiana. It resembles most closely version A of Child.
For other American texts, see Barry, No. 28; Barry, Eckstorm, and Smyth, p. 325; Belden, No. 13; Campbell and Sharp, No. 34; Cox, No. 30; Davis, p. 505; Journal, XIX, 298; XXIV, 348; XXVII, 6S; XXX, 329; Hudson, Folksongs, p. 124; Lomax, p. 110; Mackenzie, Ballads, No. 15; Sharp, Folk-Songs of English Origin, II, No. 3; Smith and Rufty, American Anthology, p. 53; PTFLS, X, 164; Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, p. 18; Henry, Folk-Songs from the Southern Highlands, p. 125; Randolph, Ozark Mountain Folks, p. 228.
British: Williams, Folh-Songs of the Upper Thames, p. 211; JFSS, II, 184; 111,131.
"The Devil Came to the Farmer's One Day." Contributed by Mrs. Mayme C. Waller, of Winslow, Indiana. Pike County. Secured from her mother, Mrs. A. W. Corn, of Winslow. June 17, 1935. With music.
1. The devil came to the farmer's one day,
Um-um, Um-hum-hum-hum, Said, "One of your family 111 carry away." Sing tyo raddle ding day.
2. "If you won't take my oldest son,"
Um-um, Um-hum-hum-hum, "I surely will trade you two for the one," Sing tyo raddle ding day.
3. "It's not your oldest son I crave,"
Um-um, Um-hum-hum-hum, "It's your danged old wife I mean for to have." Sing tyo raddle ding day-
4. He hoisted her on his old back,
Um-um, Um-hum-hum-hum, And like an old peddler went packing his sack, Sing tyo raddle ding day.