Coll. by M.C. Parler William Eden
and Max Hunter Monte Ne, Ark.
January 11, 1960
Reel 324, Item 4
MCP: Did you learn anything else from that girl?
WE: I learned some more songs, but I pretty near forgot em. There was one — it was a love song — and there’s just a verse or two that I remember of it, but I liked it fine too
MCP: Could you sing the verse or two you do remember?
WE: I don’t know. But in it, why, her sweetheart had went back on her and some things he’d promised, and she told him they’d quit, she said:
I’ll go out west, another I’ll find Perhaps he’ll not deceive me;
For I’m natcherlie blessed with a jovel mind And it’s one that never grieved me.
Oh, you can pout and pout it out,
Your pout it is of no excision,
I’ve mourned for you a many a day,
I’ll scorn at your relation.
I used to like that too fine, but I’ve forgotten it.
MCP: It didn’t have any name, I suppose?
WE: No. That was just a love song
MCP: Would she write out the ballets for you, or would she just sing it for you till you learned it?
WE: I just learned it. She sang it for me, and I learned it
MCP: I wish I could have heard some of those song-learning sessions. Would you get together of a night and sing-sbout?
WE: Oh, yes. Yes, we’d get together, and we’d go to school together when we were young. And then they’d have spellin’ matches. And then the folks at home would let the children sing. But anything that was out of order, they didn’t allow it.
MCP: What did you do for amusement besides singing? Did you have play-parties?
WE: No ma’m, no! Never played a card !!! (WE is deaf)
moreReel 324, Item 4, Cont’d
MCP: I don’t mean that, I mean these s ingin’-games.
WE: No ma’m, no.
MCP: You’d just sit around and sing?
WE: Yes ma’m. And then we'd have spellin’ matches in our school you know, and we’d meet at the neighbor’s houses and have spellin' certain nights.
And my father, he bossed me. I belonged to him till I was twenty-one. He bossed me, and I knowed to mind him too.
And he never ’lowed me to go to a dance. And I never went to but one dance. I went a-huntin’ one night— what I mean, possums and coons, and things like that — and I went one night. And I had went and helped clear for some neighbor, and they give a dance. And I asked Father if I might go by and see em dancin’. And he said I could go by and watch em dance one change, and for me to go on then a-huntin’. And that’s the only time till after I was twenty-one that I ever went to anything like that.
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