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378 Ballads and Songs of Michigan
And like a darn fool he came luggin' her back.
Sung and recited in 1935 by Mr. Lyle Demorest, Smyrna, who remembered the story of the song and a fragment of the words from hearing Mr. Charles Cooper, his grandfather, sing it. His grandfather settled in Smyrna in 1858; he came from Canada and was of French and Scotch descent.
Recited The devil keeps coming around and taking things away from the farmer according to some pact between them. His cows and horses are taken, until he has only hogs left to plow with. Then finally the devil comes and takes the farmer's wife with him to hell.
Sung One little devil brought out the chains;
She up with her fist and knocked out his brains.
Six more little devils peeped over the wall, Saying, "Take her back, daddy, or she'll bram us all."
Recited The devil takes the farmer's wife back to her husband and tells him that he won't bother him any more, that if he can live with his wife he is welcome to her, that she has been through hell and is ten times worse.