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Sentimental, Comic, And Ethiopian Songs performed by Hooley's Minstrels Band.

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In Springfield Mountains there did dwell A lovely youth—I knew him well— 'Twas Deacon Jones's only son, And he had just turned twenty-one.
Chorus. Ri tu ral lu, ri tu ral lu, ri tu ral lu ral li do I
One Monday morning, ho did go Down in the meadow for to mow; He had not mowed across the field, When a venomous yiper bit his beeld!
Ri tu ral lu, etc.
His aged dad was standing by, All under a shady old oak-tree ; He raised his hoe with all his might, And hit this viper such a swipe!
Ri tu ral lu, etc.
He picked it up all in his hand, And straightway run to Molly Band— Saying, "Molly dear, just look and see "Where this venomous viper did bite me!"
Ri tu ral lu, etc.
u 0 John! 0 John! why did you go Down in that meadow for to mow?" "Why, Molly dear, J thought you knowed 'Twas daddy's hay, and it must be mowed!"
RI tu ral lu, etc.
Then up to Abram's bosom he went, Crying, "Cruel, cruel sarpient!" Now, all young men, a warning take. And shun the bite of a darned big snake I
Ri tu ral lu, etc.
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