Collected by Mary Jo Davis
For Mary Celestia Parler;
January 3, 1955
Reel 229, Item 4
The Lazy Farmer
("I learned it from my mother a long time ago
when I was just a little boy.")
Come all of you Missouri girls, and listen to my song,
I'll tell you of a young man; he raised no corn,
The reason why I cannot tell,
For I am sure he was always well.
He went a-courtin', a courtin' too,
To his nearest neighbor's door,
And a many cold chills they brought on,
She said, Young man, have you weighed up your corn?
He answered her with a quick reply,
No, my love, I've laid it by,
What's the use to strive in vain
When you know you'll raise nary grain?
I went down to his pea patch
To see if my old hen had hatched,
The wheat so high up to my chin,
They growed so thick that I couldn't get in.
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