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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana 307
68 THE YOUNG MAN WHO WOULDN'T HOE HIS CORN
This is the song sometimes known as "Harm Link." For other texts, see Barry, No. 72; Belden, No. 106; Campbell and Sharp, p. 314; Cox, p. 494; Hudson, Folksongs, p. 200; Journal, XXIX, 181; Pound, No. 46.
"The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe His Corn." Contributed by Miss Edith Del Hopkins, of Boonville, Indiana. Warrick County. Obtained from her mother, Mrs. A. J. Hopkins. July 16, 1935.
1. There was a young man who wouldn't hoe his corn;
He was the laziest man that ever was born. He planted it in the month of June, And in July it was laid by.
2. He went to the fence and he peeped through,
Saying, "O dear me, what shall I do?" The careless weeds had grown so high
They caused this young man for to sigh.
3. He courted a girl, her name was Sue;
She was a fair girl, both kind and true. He told to her his troubles sore,
But she sent the young man from her door.
4. Says she, "Do you come here me for to wed,
When you can't raise your own cornbread? Single I am, and single I'll remain,
For a lazy man I won't maintain."