Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Mary C. Parler
Sung by the Baker family
St. Paul, Arkansas
May 10, 1950
Reel 61, Item 5
I can't remember how smart I used to be,
When Dad and Mother would buy new shoes for me.
Now, that a feeling we've all had,
How new shoes would make you glad,
But the best time if you recall,
When you wore no shoes at all.
Barefoot days, when we were just a kid,
Barefoot days, don't ... the things we did.
We were down to a shady brook
With a bent pin for a hook;
We'd fish all day and fish all night,
But the darned old fish refused to bite.
And how we'd slide down some old cellar door,
We'd slide and slide till our pants got tore.
Then we'd have to go home
And stay in our bed
Till Mother got busy
With a needle and thread.
Oh boy ! What joy
We 've had in barefoot days !
(There is more of this worthless stuff)
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