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Thread #140911   Message #3242215
Posted By: Kent Davis
20-Oct-11 - 08:59 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads: US Versions
Subject: RE: Child Ballads: US Versions
You may be interested in this version from SANG BRANCH SETTLERS: FOLKSONGS AND TALES OF A KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN FAMILY by Leonard Roberts, published by the American Folklore Society in 1974. It was collected by Mr. Roberts from Jim Couch of Putney, KY, in 1955. Mr. Couch learned it from his father, Tom Couch.

The Devil and the School Child

"Oh, where're you goin' there?" said the proud porter gay,
All alone by the wayside lone.
"I started to my school," said the child gentleman,
And the game feller's walking alone.

"What do you have in your bucket?" said the proud porter gay,
All alone by the wayside lone.
"It's vittles for my dinner," said the child gentleman,
And the game feller's walking alone.


"O won't you give me some?" said the proud porter gay,
All alone by the wayside lone.
"No, not a bite o' crumbs," said the child gentleman,
And the game feller's walking alone.


"I wished I had you in the woods," said the proud porter gay,
All alone by the wayside lone.
""With a good gun under my arm," said the child gentleman,
And the game feller's walking alone.


"With your head broke in two," said the proud porter gay,
All alone by the wayside lone.
"O a fence rail jobbed down your neck," said the child gentleman,
And the game feller's walking alone.


"Wished I had you in the sea," said the proud porter gay,
All alone by the wayside lone.
"Good board under me," said the child gentleman,
And the game feller's walking alone.


"Your head turned bottom up," said the proud porter gay,
All alone by the wayside lone.
"Yes, and you under the bottom," said the child gentleman,
And the game feller's walking alone.


"I wished I had you in the well," said the proud porter gay,
All alone by the wayside lone.
"But the Devil's chained in Hell," said the child gentleman,
And the game feller's walking alone.


Kent