Coll. by Parler In Folklore Class
Virginia Tyndall Nashville, Ark. August 20, 1958
Reel 363, Item 11
The Shrattledum Snake
(From her grandfather, Mr. Sloan Funderburk of Nashville, Ark.)
On Springfield Mountain 1.
John did go
With a sweet young gal That he loved so well.
Tum a roo da roo da roo da ray.
On yonders morning John did go Away to the meadow For to mow (Refrain.)
He hadn't mowed around the field,
When a black snake took Him by the heel.
And it's, Oh my Dad Go spread the news,
And yonder comes Sal Without her shoes (Refrain)
And it's, Oh my John Why did you go Away to the meadow For to mow (Refrain)
1. The last syllable of each line is "stuttered." As "Mou-wou-wou-wountain"The Shrattledum Snake Reel 363, Item 11
And it's Oh my Sal
I thought you knowed
That the ------was ripe a field
and it had to be mowed
Come all ye people Shed one tear For this young man He died right here (Refrain.)
Come all ye people,
And never get bit
By a shrattledum snake.
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