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For a British text somewhat similar to the Michigan variant see Ashton, pp. 147-149. For a Vermont text see Flanders and Brown, pp. 168-170.
The present version was sung in 1934 by Mrs Charles Lambertson, Beldmg, who learned the song from her father, Mr. Montgomery Spauldmg. He learned it, when a small boy, from a very old man in New York State.
i Come all ye landsmen, far and near. And go unto the Nile, For there you'll see or else you'll hear Of the shell of a crocodile.
O whack valorum, borum jig,
Whack valorum bow.
Turn a diddle, diddle, diddle, diddle,
Dorum jig,
Ri turn a nerum jo.

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