Collected by Irene Carlisle
Transcribed by Mary C. Parler
Bethel Grove, Arkansas
March 11, 1951
Reel 103, Item 2
"Well, I can sing you the song, but I can't tell you the story—or, tell
you how it's done."
Hog drovers, hog drovers, hog drovers we are,
A-courting your daughter so neat and so fair;
Can we get lodging here, oh, here?
Can we get lodging here?
This is my little daughter, sets here by my side,
And Mr. Somebody can make her their bride
By bringing me a prettier one her, oh, here;
By bringing me a prettier one here.
"And then they'd go choose a pardner, and bring 'em in and then the same
rigamarole went over again; sing it the same, and then they'd choose
another 'n', each one of 'em, and finally they'd have the whole houseful
a-marchin' around, singin' Hog Drovers. That's the way they done it."
(Divide into sides, girls and boys?)
"Yeah, the boy—the girl 'Id go choose a boy to come, and then the other
girl 'Id set down, and they'd sing that Hog Drovers; and Mr. So-andSo
could make her a bride. He'd go choose her, and she'd set down, then
he'd walk around, and whenever they got through singin', and the other boy'd
go chose one, then they walked around something like Rocco, Ladied, Turn.
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