Collected by Patti Barrow Linda K. Wilson Dottie Rumph For M.C. Parler
Transcribed by Linda Humphrey
Sung by Otis Williams Wesley, Arkansas May 2, 1962
Reel 421 Item 10
A man whose name was Johnny Sands Had married Betsy Hague,
And tho she brought him gold and land, She proved a terrible p;ague.
For oh she was a scolding wife Full of capers and whims;
He soon grew tired of life,
And she grew tired of him.
Said he one day I'll go drown myself; The river runs below;
Said she pray do you silly elf,
I wished it long ago.
For fear that I should courage lack And try to save my life,
Pray tie my hands behind my back;
I will, replied his wife.
She tied them fast as you may think And when securely done,
Now stand, said she, upon the brink, And I'll prepare to run.
All down the hill hisl loving spouse Now ran with all her force To push him in; he stepped aside,
And she fell in, of course.
Now there she's splashing like a fish; Oh, save me, Johnny Sands;
I can't my dear, though much I wish, For you have tied my hands.
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