Collected by Irene Carlisle
Transcribed by Mary C. Parler
Mrs. Rachel Henry
Spring Valley, Arkansas
March 21, 1951
Reel 99, Item 3
My Grandmother's Advice
My grandmother she lived on yans little green,
As fine a old lady as ever was seen;
She often cautioned me with care
Of all those false young men to beware.
"They'll flitter and they'll poke,
And get you in a snare,
And away 'll go all poor Grandma's care."
The first come a-courting was young Johnny Green,
As fine a young man as ever was seen;
But the words of my grandmother rang in my head
Till I could not hear one word that he said.
The next come a-courting was young Ellis Grove;
Then we met with a joyous love;
With a joyous love, I couldn't be afraid;
You better get married than die an old maid.
Thinks, "There's some mistake;
What a fuss these old folks make!
If the boys and the girls had 'a' all 'a' been afraid,
Then Grandmother herself would 'a' died an old maid."
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