collected by sung by Mrs. Montie Martin
Brenda Jo Upton Jasper, Arkansas
April 24, 1962
Come all you Missouri girls and listen to my noise,
Be careful how you marry these Arkansas boys.
If you do it's poor shall it be,
Johnny cake and venison and sassafras tea,
Johnny cake and venison and sassafras tea.
When they go courting, I'll tell you what they ride,
Little muley calf and that ain't half,
Briddle him with a rope and saddle him with a coat,
And on their journey they do poke,
And on their journey they do poke.
When they get there they turn him on the grass,
And then they walk with a dirty face.
First word he said was howdy do my dear, I love you like beer. Next word she said was my honey take a chair.
Next word he said as he set down,
Madam your johnny cake's a baking too brown,
Madam your johnny cake's a baking too brown.
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