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Brewster; Ballads and Songs of Indiana 255
48 THE OLD MAN WHO CAME OVER THE MOOR
Two texts of this song have been recovered in Indiana, under the titles "Old Shoes and Leggings" and "Old Boots and Leggin(g)s.n
For other American texts, see Campbell and Sharp, II, p. 93; Cox, p. 489; Journal, XXVIII, 158; XXIX, 188 (Indiana); Sharp, Folhgongs of English Origin Collected in the Appalachian Mountains, 2d series, p. 66; Shoemaker, p. 307.
English and Scottish versions will be found in Bell, Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry, p. 237; Graham, Dialect Songs of the North of England, 2d ed., p. 11; Greig, Folk-Song of the North-East, cxlix; Kidson, Traditional Tunes, p. 92; Mason, Nursery Rhymes and Country Songs, p. 33; and Williams, Folk-Songs of the Upper Thames, p. 73.
"Old Shoes and Leggings." Contributed by Mrs. Elvira Durham, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. March 3, 1935.
1. 0 Mother she told me to open the door;
I won't have him! I opened the door and he fell in the floor. With his old shoefs and leggings.
2. 0 Mother she told me to set him a stool;
I won't have him! I set him a stool and he acted like a fool, With his old shoes and leggings.
3. 0 Mother she told me to put him to bed;
I won't have him! I put him to bed, and he laid like he was dead, With his old shoes and leggings.
4. O Mother she told me to wake him up;
I won't have him! I woke him up, and he quacked like a duck, With his old shoes and leggings.
5. 0 Mother she told me to drive him off;
I won't have him! I drove him off, and he climbed in the loft, With his old shoes and leggings.