Mudcat Café message #1356720 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #10834   Message #1356720
Posted By: Azizi
14-Dec-04 - 12:05 PM
Thread Name: Origins: I Bought Me a Cat / Fiddle-i-Fee
Subject: Lyr Add: BOUGHT ME A WIFE (from Thomas W. Talley)
Here's a version of that song from Thomas W. Talley's 1922 book Negro Folk Rhymes:

BOUGHT ME A WIFE

Bought me a wife an' de wife please
me,
I feeds my wife un'er yon'er tree.
My wife go, "Row-row!"
My guinea go: "Potrack! Potrack!"
My chicken go: "Gymsack! Gysack!"
My duck go:"Quack-quack! "Quack-quack!"
My dig go: "Bow-wow"!
My hoss go: "Whee-whee"! Whee=whee!"
My cat go: "Fiddle-toe!" "Fiddle-toe!"
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Does any one have any information on the origin of this song?
Are there any published versions earlier than this one?