Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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Ballads and Songs of Michigan
3    The devil came to the farmer one day;
Says, "One of your family I'm going to take away."
4   "Well," said the old farmer, "I'm all undone, For the devil he's after my only son,"
5   "It's not your only son that I want,
But your darned old scolding wife I'll have."
6   "It's take her, old devil, with all my heart, And I hope to God you never will part."
7   So he picked her up with his old broken back, And over the fields he went klickety-klack.
8    He carried her over two fields of rye,
She up with her foot and kicked out his eye.
9    He carried her over two fields or more Before he came to hell's back door.
10 One little devil all bound in wire,
She up with her foot and kicked him in the fire.
ii Another little devil all bound in chains,
She up with her foot and kicked out his brains.
12   Another little devil from behind the wall Says, "Take her away or she'll murder us all."
13    So he picked her up with his old broken back, And away he went, went a-totin' her back.
14   "O here's your old wife all sound and well;
If we'd kept her much longer, she'd lathered all hell."
15    So you see the women are worse than the men; If they go to hell, they'll come back again.







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