Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Mary C. Parler
Sung by Joseph Clark
May 26, 1950
Reel 59, Item 1
The Jersey City Peanut Stand
Come, kind friends, come gether all around,
I'll sing to you a ditty
About that loving peanut girl
That dwelt in Jersey City.
Miss Betty McGee was the fair maid's name.
She was knew both near and far,
Who use to keep the peanut stand
Fer to support the railroad car.
She fell in love with a nice young man
Who was wealthy one in time;
He was chief engineer of the shoemaker's shop,
And his name was Connie O'Ryan.
He reminded me of some Shanghai fowl
A-roving in the spring,
And he taken her down to the lager-beer saloon
For to hear those Dutchmen sing.
Her old grandmother heard of this,
Swore vengenance against that man;
She swore that if he come courting again,
She'd shut up the peanut stand.
Now he's out with a new
And to lead him around like a toy,
For he has jined fer
He's gone for a soldier's boy.
Miss Betty McGee she heard of that;
She was taken to her bed;
The peanut stand's gone up the spout,
And now the poor girl's dead.
Connie O'Ryan he heard of that
(Here the old singer's memory tricks him
so that the remainder of this stanza is
reduced to chaos.)
And this old lady's house is h'anted ever' night
About eleven o'clock,
And she can see most terrible sights,
Which gives her an awful shock.
Miss Betty McGee and Connie O'Ryan
Come marching hand in hand,
And right behind them marching along,
Was the ghost of the peanut stand.
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