English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 115
The Foolish Boy
jack straw strad-dle, Turn a John paw fad - die, turn a long way home.
2   The rats and the mice they gave me such a life, I had to go to London to get me a wife.
3   The roads were so long and the streets were so narrow, I had to bring her home on an old wheelbarrow.
4   My foot slipped and I got a fall, Down went wheelbarrow, wife and all.
5   I swapped my wheelbarrow and got me a horse, And then I rode from cross to cross.
6   I swapped me a horse and got me a mare, And then I rode from fair to fair.
7   I swapped my mare and got me a cow, And in that trade I just learned how.
8   I swapped my cow and got me a calf, And in that trade I just lost half.
9   I swapped my calf and got me a mule, And then I rode like a dog-gone fool.
10 I swapped my mule and got me a sheep, And then I rode myself to sleep.
11I swapped my sheep and got me a hen, O what a pretty thing I had then.
12   I swapped my hen and got me a rat, Looks like two little cats upon a hay-stack.
13   I swapped my rat and got me a mole,
And the dog-gone thing went straight to its hole.