Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
April 19, 1950
Studying Geography in School
Mitch..That's not true. We know that don't we.
Mrs. B. .That come out over the radio and in some of the papers about a
body of water between the I s l e of Madagascar and the land—there
g i r l where Madagascar was. I knew--I'd heard of i t all my l i fe
but I couldn't place i t . I knew i t was either on the east side
of South America or on the east side of Africa. Says, I don't
know; I never studied geography, and she'se graduating right then.
Right here in Springdale. Says, they didn't have to study
Mitch..You d e f i n i t e l y studied geography when you vent to 3chool.
Mrs.B. .Yeah, we had to. We d i d n ' t have so many studies but we l e a r nt
what we did. We had geography and arithmatic—I went through
arithmatic all the f i r s t time. I've forgot a l o t of i t row.
Mitch. .How old are you now, Mrs. Bement?
Mrs.B..What'd you guess?
Mitch. .Oh, I'd guess about eighty-five.
Mrs.B..Be ninety-two in the F a l l - - i n October i f I'm living then.
Mitch..Well, can you sing us another song?
Mrs.B..Oh, what world you want? It lasted a l l winter long. Just went
two nights out of a week.
Mitch..That was the singing school here in Springdale?
Mrs.B..No, in Missouri Then I'se a g i r l.
Mitch..And this song i s called—
Mrs .B..The Gypsy G i r l . I t was in that book. These other songs, those
that I can find, are in the same book. There was between seventy-five
and eighty scholars, I guess. Then we had a big doings at the
last—concert. She was adopted by a rich family. Told her l i fe
between being a Gypsy, you know, and having wealth.
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