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The Play-Party in Indiana.
d. Miss Louise Pound writes of it as follows:
"Especially well known is the vivacious piece, in dialog; form, in which 'Billy Boy' responds to the questions as to his courting. He is asked whether she can make a cherry-pie, a feather bed, a loaf of bread, can milk a 'muly cow,' and so forth and gives humorous replies." (Jour. Am. Folk-lore, vol. XXVI, pp. 356-7.)
"I have been to see my wife," in the variant given above is certainly a corruption of "I have been for a wife."
Halliwell. Nursery Rhymes. 6th edition, pp. 226-27.
Rimbault. A Collection of Old Nursery Rhymes, pp. 34-35.
Halliwell. Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales, 1849. pp. 259-60.
Baring-Gould and Sheppard. A Garland of Country Song, 1895, p. 83.
Baring-Gould. A Book of Nursery Songs and Rhymes. 1895, pp. 36-39.
Ideal Home Music Library, vol. X, p. 213.
I have heard this same song from persons who learned it in Texas, Illinois and Kentucky.
Black the Boots
Miss Rena Bushing Mrs. Leslie Beall, Versailles, Ind
Black the boots and make 'em shine, A Goodby,
A Goodby, Black the boots and make 'em shine,
A Goodby Li-za Jane. O, how I love her, 'Aint that a
shame? O, how I love her, A Goodby Li - za Jane.
1. Black the boots and make 'em shine, (A) Goodby, a Goodby, Black the boots and make 'em shine, (A) Goodby Liza Jane.