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468         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
195 UNCLE SAM SIMMIE
For texts and English and American references to other versions of this old English rhyme see Cox, pp. 496-497, and Sharp, II, 343-344. See also Lomax and Lomax, pp. 308-310.
The present version was communicated by Mrs. William Durfee, Ypsilanti; as a child she had learned the song from her mother, who lived near Hillsdale, Michigan.
1   Uncle Sam Simmie, he bought him a pig, uh, uh! Uncle Sam Simmie, he bought him a pig, 'Twas always little and never grew big, uh, uh!
2   He put his pig into the sty, uh, uh! He put his pig into the sty,
When the old woman was standing by, uh, uh!
3   Once he went out to feed his pig, uh, uh! Once he went out to feed his pig,
And there he found his pig was dead, uh, uh!
4   The old man grieved himself to death, uh, uh! The old man grieved himself to death, Because he couldn't catch his breath, uh, uh!
5   The old woman, she died soon after, uh, uh! The old woman, she died soon after,
She hung herself on the rafter, uh, uh!
6   The singing book lies on the shelf, uh, uh! The singing book lies on the shelf,
If you want any more, you can sing it yourself, uh, uh!







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