Coll. by Max Hunter Dubbed by M.C. Parler
Mrs. George Ripley Milford, Mo.
Dec. 14, 1959
Reel 346, Item 5
(The Devil and the Farmer's Wife)
Local title: Devil Doings
The old devil came to me one day at the plow,
Saying, One of your family I must have now,
Sing whacka falloo,fallady aye ay,
Sing whacka falloo, fallady aye ay.
I cannot part with my eldest son,
With all the work that I must get done,
It is not your eldest son that I crave,
But your scolding old wife that makes you a slave. Refrain.
I'll give you my wife with an my heart,
Come right along and I'll help you to start Refrain.
Like a peddler shouldering his pack,
He took her up on his old hump back.
He took her to hell and pitched her in well,
Seven little devils bound down in their chains,
She up with the poker and beat out their brains. Refrain.
Twelve little devils a-sitting up higher,
She up with her foot and kicked nine in the fire. Refrain.
Some more littie devils peeped over the wall,
Saying, Take her away, Daddy, she'll murder us all. Refrain.
So like a peddler shouldering his pack,
He picked her up on his old hump back.
And like a black dog he took a back track Refrain.
The old man saw him coming over the hill,
He thinks he'll get me, but I'll be darned if he win. Refrain.
The old man leaped up with a right good will,Reel 346, Item 5 Continued
The old man leaped up with a right good will, If he hasn't stopped, he's running still. Refrain.
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