Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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376 * Ballads and Songs of Michigan
Sung in 1934 by Mrs Jim Fisher, near Kalkaska, she learned the song in her childhood from Mr. John Senn, a German farmer, who lived near her home.
1    The farmer he hitched his hog to the plow, Hi randy dandy O!
Around the field the devil knows how, Whack falleefalladeeO!
2   "O wife, 0 wife, we are undone; The devil is after our oldest son."
3   " 'Tain't your oldest son I crave,
But your damned old scolding wife for a slave."
4   "Take her, O take her with all my heart; I hope you and her will never part"
5   When he entered the hell door,
He took her and slung her across the floor.
6   Another little devil stood over the wall,
Saying, "Take her back, father, she will kill us all"
7   He took her and slung her across his back,
And like a damned fool he went lugging her back.
8   "Farmer, O farmer, I'm sorry to tell That your old woman reigns bully of hell."

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