Collected by Bob Blackston Sung by Mr. Ed Alford
For M. C. Parler Delmar, Arkansas
January 3, 1960
Reel 325, Item 10
Come unto me and I’ll sing you a ditty About the worst woman that ever I saw,
And when I get through you’ll say it’s a pity That ever I had such a mother-in-law.
My life is all troubled I cannot live happy When I open my mouth she sticks in her jaw,
I would rather be sent to jail or to Congress Than to live all my life with my mother-in-law.
I told her at first when I married her daughter That I didn’t intend the whole family to wed,
Just picking up a full bucket of water
She took straight aim and let drive at my head.
Ma sometimes thinks she’s good looking She’s the ugliest thing that ever I seen,
And when she goes to have her picture taken
The very first glance and she breaks the machine.
Ma is so ugly that she frightens the children As she roams on the street,
Her mouth looks like a crack in a punkin
And the hump on her back and with such large feet.
They say they had some good shooting at Glensmoore I gave ten dollars to an army of soldiers To take a full shot at my mother-in-law.
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