Collected by Parler Betsy Garner, Rison, Ark.
Barbara Barnes, Little Rock, Ark. Chuck Walker, Hot Springs, Ark. Jerry Crittenden, Fayetteville In Folklore class
January 14, 1960
Reel 355, Item 2
I Gave My Love a Cherry
(Chuck Walker learned this song from his mother)
I gave my love a cherry that had no stone,
I gave my love a chicken that had no bone,
I told my love a story that had no end,
I gave my love a baby with no cryin'.
How can there be a cherry that has no stone?
How can there be a chicken that has no bone?
Whoever heard a story that has no end?
How can there be a baby with no cryin'?
A cherry when it's bloomin', it has no stone,
A chicken when it's pippin', it has no bone,
The story that I love you will never end,
A baby when it's sleepin', there's no cryin'.Continued
May his spade never did,
May his sow never pig,
May each bone in his back be well thrashed with a flail,
May his house never thatch,
May his doors never latch,
May his turkeys not hatch, may the rats eat his mail.
May every ill fairy From Cork to Dunleary
Big him snug and merry o'er river and lake (?),
Where the eel and the trout May dine on the snout
Of the monster that murdered McFlahety's drake.
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