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Ballads and Songs of Michigan
Sing tiddy, sing taddy, Sing trum little laddie, Sing tra-la-liddle-te-i-dc-O.
2 At length he gained her full consent,
And straightway courting another he went; He left poor Kate quite in despair, Went courting a lawyer's daughter fair.
3 Kate never told to friend nor foe, Nor did she let her parents know; But she went unto a tannery, And with the tanner she did agree.
4 She received of him an old cowhide; And she wrapped herself on the inside; Then she went unto a lonely dell,
For she knew he'd come that way quite well.
5 At length along that way he came,
And now says Kate, "We'll have some fun."
Then after him she did pursue;
He cried, "O dear, what shall I do?"
6 With hairy hide, horns on her head, Which full three feet around her spread; But when he saw that long black tail, He tried to run, but his feet they failed.
7 She seized him fast all by the coat, And she said to him in a doleful note, "You've left poor Kate quite in despair; Went courting the lawyer's daughter fair."
8 "O master devil, save me now,
And I'll prove true to my former vows." "Then see that you do," Kate did reply, While smiling under the old cowhide.
9 He went straight home and went to bed, The thoughts of Kate were in his head, And early next morning he did arise To go and make poor Kate his bride.