Collected by Merlyn B. Page and James Hayes For Mary C. Parler
Sung by Mrs. T. M. Davis Fayetteville, Arkansas December 7, 1958
Reel 278, Item 4
Come all you pretty girls, will you listen to my noise?
Be careful how you spark these Arkansas boys;
For all that they have for to eat Is cornbread and ’lasses and sassafras tea.
The boys they used to be hearty and gay,
For they could work both night and day;
Now they look so pale and thin,
They rattle like a cornshuck shaken in the wind.
The boys they used to wear pantaloons short,
So they could do work of every sort;
Now they wear them buckled up so tight
The strap was to break it’d throw 'em out of sight.
Come all you young men, we'll now begin;
I'll tell you what to do when the girls are sixteen.
They first begin to comb, and then begin to lace;
They'll artificial flowers they put about their face. They'll fix up and to Sunday School they go,
And all it 'tis done for is just to catch a beau.
The boys they'll say, "Can I see you home tonight?"
The girls'll say, "no" when they're mighty sure they might. The boys they all know what the girls mean,
Just about the time they are sixteen.
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