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262 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
51 JOHNNY SANDS
Three texts, practically identical, have been recovered. One melody is on file.
For texts and references, see Hudson, Folksongs, p. 198; Journal, XXIX, 179; XXXV, 385; XLIX, 235; Pound, p. 114; PTFLS, VI, 224; Neely, Tales and Songs of Southern Illinois, p. 175.
Scottish: Ord, p. 93.
"Johnny Sands." Contributed by Mrs. D. Strouse, of Danville, Indiana. Hendricks County. Learned from her sister-in-law, Mrs. Leora Harvey, who learned it from her own mother. December 13, 1935.
1. A man whose name was Johnny Sands
He married Betty Hague; Although she brought him gold and lands, She proved a terrible plague.
2. For 0 she was a scolding wife,
Full of caprice and whim ; He said that he was tired of life, And she was tired of him.
3. He said, "Then I will drown myself;
The river runs below." "Pray do," said she, "you silly elf; I wished it long ago."
4. Said he, "Upon the bank I'll stand,
And you run down the hill, And push me in with all your might"; Said she, "My love, I will."
5. "For fear that I might courage lack
And try to save my life, Pray tie my hands behind my back" ; "I will," replied his wife.