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BrooklynJay Lyr Req: Ha Ha Thisaway (Leadbelly) (9) RE: Lyr Req: Ha Ha Thisaway (Leadbelly) 14 Apr 16


Here is one from Lead Belly - No Stranger To The Blues, page 65:

Ha, Ha, Thisaway

Transcribed from 1942 Asch recording available on Lead Belly/Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, Smithsonian Folkways CD 40044. Other Lead Belly recordings: Lead Belly/Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen (1935 Library of Congress sessions), Rounder CD 1098; Lead Belly/Party Songs & Sings and Plays (1944 Asch sessions formerly released on Stinson LPs), Collectables CD 5609.

This is a little children play song. They make the ring and they sing, they put one inside of the ring and as they go round and sing, hold to each other's hands, they sing "Ha, ha, thisaway" and "ha, ha, thataway" and the one in the ring, he gonna jump thataway, and when he jump thataway, the others gonna jump on 'round the ring, and he gonna jump to the one and he gonna catch one by the hand and put him in the ring and he gonna get out in the ring with the other children and go around and here's what they sing.   Huddie Ledbetter

Chorus:
Ha, ha, thisaway, ha, ha, thataway,
Ha, ha, thisaway, then oh then.

When I was a little boy, little boy, little boy,
When I was a little boy, twelve years old,
Papa went and left me, left me, left me,
Papa went and left me, so I was told. (Chorus)

Mama come and got me, she got me, got me,
Mama come and got me to save my soul.
Mama never whup me, whup me, whup me,
Mama never whup me so I was told. (Chorus)

I went to school, went to school, went to school, boys,
I went to school when I was twelve years old.
Obeyed the rules, the rules, the rules, boys,
Obeyed the rules as I was told. (Chorus)

I went to a teacher, teacher, teacher,
I went to a teacher to save my soul.
Teacher was a preacher, preacher, preacher,
Teacher was a preacher so I was told. (Chorus)

I learned my lesson, lesson, lesson,
I learned my lesson to save my soul.
Wasn't that a blessin', blessin', blessin',
Wasn't that a blessin' so I was told? (Chorus)


(verses from Library of Congress recording)
I went a-walkin'… when I was eleven years old.
I was a-talkin'… so I was told.

I went a-ridin'… when I was eleven years old.
I was a-drivin'… when I was twelve years old.

I was writing… to save my soul.
I was typing… so I was told.

(Alternate chorus)
Ho, ho, thisaway, ha, ha, thataway,
Ho, ho, thisaway, then oh then.


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