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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana 353
93 THE SOLDIER'S SONG
For other texts, see Flanders and Brown, p. 50 ("The Auld Soldier") and White, American Negro Folk Songs, p. 401.
Contributed by Miss Mary Gene Waller, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. Obtained from an uncle, Mr. Harrison Risley. February 17, 1935.
1. There was an old soldier
And he had a wooden leg; He had no tobacco,
And no tobacco could he beg.
So save up your money
And throw away your rocks,1
And you'll always have tobacco In your old tobacco box.
2. Said the soldier to the sailor,
"Won't you give me a chew?" "0 no," said the sailor,
'Til be dogged if I do!"
11 have always heard this line given as "And save up your rocks/*