Collected by Parler Mr. Doney Hammontree
June 3, 1958
Reel 307, Item 1.
Dick German the Cobbler
"The title of this piece is “Dick German the Cobbler.
It’s sung as he worked. Instead of patting his foot, he used the instruments that he worked with — the tools that he worked with.
"But before I sing you this piece, I’m a-going to tell you a story about another shoe cobbler. He also sang as he worked. His wife she complained, and said he sung so many ugly things that she couldn’t live a good Christian life.
And she got the preacher to talk to him.
“And the preacher said, "Why don’t you sing religious songs?"
""Well," he said, "I don’t know any.'
"‘Well.’ he said, ’i’ll learn you some.'
"'All right,' he said. And he placed his shoe between his knees, and he placed the tacks in the corner of Ms mouth,
picked up the hammer, and got ready to work.
“And the preacher sung (slowly), 'Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved —'
"'Aw, rats!' he said, ’I'd starve to death a-workin' on
that tune. How let me sing you one.
"'Mys gal is a circus gal,
Hername is Sallie Sue,
She rides a horse standin' up,
Rides a-straddle too.
"’Now there's a tune that you can work by and make a living.'
“How I'll sing you Dick German the Cobbler."Dick German the Cobbler Reel 307, Item 1 Continued
Dick German the Cobbler
My name it's Dick German the Cobbler,
I've served my time out in camp,
They call me a rotten potato, (1.)
So I thought I ahd better repent.
With my wimgo wang wingo wang wingo
With my wingo wang wingo wang way
With my hub blub blub blub blub blub blarry
Whack fol de rol diddle all day.
For seven long years I've been roving,
With all my contents on my back,
My nippers, peg, awl, and shoe-hammer,
I've carried them all in my pack.
But then as my roving was over,
I've made some change in my life,
But then as my rovin' was over,
I've buckled myself to a wife.
My wife she was blue-eyed and blinky,
My wife she was blue-eyed and black,
She was the devil's grandmother for scolding,
And her tongue it went clickety-clack.
My wife and I quarreled one morning,
We quarreled before it was day,
I ducked her three times in the river And I quietly bid her good-day.
(1.) When Mr. Hammontree first sang this song for us, this line was "They call me an old fornicator." When he sang it for the CBS-Televlsion show "The Search." he had to amend the line in order not to corrupt the morals of the television viewers of the United States. "Rotten potato'" was his own suggestion. Ever since, he has kept the line amended. For his first version, refer to Reel 31.)
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