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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana            217
40 FATHER GRUMBLE
Three texts of this song have been found in this state, under the fol­lowing titles: "Mr. Grumble," "The Teeny Cow," and "John Grumlie." The last-named is a Scottish version contributed by Mr. William Jardine (see headnote to "Lizie Lindsay"). For discussions of this version, see Child, English and Scottish Ballads, VIII (1858), 116; Journal of the Irish Folk-Song Society, I, 43.
For additional texts and tunes, see Belden's Missouri collections; Camp­bell and Sharp, II, 265; Cox, p. 455; Flanders and Brown, p. 104; Hudson, Folksongs, p. 175; Journal, XXV, 366; XXVI, 365; XXIX, 173 (Indiana); XXXIX, 156; XLIV, 237; XLIX, 237; Pound, Ballads, No. 36 (reprinted from Journal, XXVI, 365); Scarborough, Song Catcher, p. 243; Gordon, Folk-Songs of America, p. 88.
Scottish: Herd, Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, II, 125 ("The Wife of Auchtermuchty").
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"Mr. Grumble." Contributed by Mrs. Dora Ward, of Princeton, In­diana. Gibson County. Learned from an aunt, Mrs. Carrie McMurtry. April 26, 1935.
1.     Mr. Grumble he did vow .....-----.
By the green leaves on the tree, tree, That he could do more work in a day
Than his wife could do in three, three; That he could do more work in a day
Than his wife could do in three.
2.     Mrs. Grumble she did say,
"It's you can do so now, now; You may do the work in the house,
And I will follow the plow, plow; You may do the work in the house,
And I will follow the plow.
3.   "You must milk the muley cow
For fear that she goes dry, dry, And you must feed those little pigs
That lay within the sty, sty; And you must feed those little pigs
That lay within the sty.








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