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Humor                            375
Sung in 1916 by Mr. John Laidlaw, Ypsilanti
1    There was an old man in Kellyburnbraes, Tadal tadal t-alddal dal day;
He married a wife, the plague of his life, To me rantam allegan t-alddal dal day.
2    One day as this old man was going to his plough The devil came to him, says, "How do you do?
3    "It's neither your cow nor your calf I do crave, But it's your auld wife, and her I maun have."
4    "You're welcome, you're welcome," the old man replied, "But if ye can match her, you're worse than you're called."
5    The devil has got her on his back,
And like a proud peddler he's carried his pack.
6    He hauled her unto his ane hall door;
He bade her step in for a bitch and a whore.
7    When she gaed in, just like a wild bear, Them she got haud of they never saw mair.
8    A little wee devil was lying in chains;
She up with her foot and kicked out its brains.
9    The little wee devils looked over the wa', "O help, master, help, or she will ruin us a'."
10    Now the devil has got her again on his back, And hame to her husband, he has taen her back.
11    "O here's your auld wife, she has managed well; She'll no get to heaven, and she'll no bide in hell I"

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