Collected by Eula Worley
Sung by Dillard Reeves Huntsville, Arkansas August 6, 1959
and Vada Reeves For Mary Celestia Parler Transcribed by Eula Worley
and Vada Reeves
Reel 293, Item 14
Keep Bachelor's Hall
This is the misfortune of all women kind,
They are always controlled and always confined,
By their parents 'til they are made wives,
Controlled by their husbands the rest of their lives.
Washing and ironing they daily do Darning and mending I'll bring that in too,
Poor little children I have to maintain,
Oh, how I wish I was single again.
The young men go courting they dress up so fine,
They make up and fix up the news of their line,
They tiddle and tattle and make fun and lie,
And keep the young girls up 'til they are just fit to die.
The girls will jump up and this they will say,
Oh, boy I'm so sleepy I wish you'd go away,
You are nothing but false heart and not worth a darn, Before you get home you will lodge in some barn.
Oh, the next day you'll stagger and reel
Saying God bless those sweet girls, how sleepy I feel,
If I were a young man I'd court none at all,
I'd live my days single and keep bachelor's hall.
The bachelor's hall which I think is the best;
Come home drunk or sober lie down take a rest,
No wife there to scold you, no children to squall,
I claim the reward young men, keep bachelor's hall.
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