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Thread #157373   Message #3715026
Posted By: Lighter
07-Jun-15 - 09:19 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Chanteys in the R.W. Gordon papers
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chanteys in the R.W. Gordon papers
I can't guarantee that this second version of "The Farmer's Curst Wife" was sung as a chantey, but it shares the choruses of one. Coincidentally or not, the nonsense of "Ranzy O" is certainly reminiscent of "Ranzo."

It was sent to Gordon, apparently around 1925, by E. G. Trimmer, of Titusville, N.J., who noted only, "The above...is given as I have heard it years ago."

There was an old farmer lived close to hell,
Hi-O Ranzy O.
And in a little hut where he did dwell.
Sing Gallopin randy dandy o.

[Similarly:]

The old devil came to visit him one day....
Says one of your family now must go....

Now says the old farmer I'm always undone....
The devil's come after my oldest son....

It's not your oldest son I want....
It's your old scolding wife is the one I sought....

Oh take her good devil with all my heart....
Pray you and her may never part....

The devil loaded her up on his back....
And like an old peddler went carrying his pack....

He took her down to the Hell door....
He gave her a kick and she hollowed for more....

He set her down in the big arm chair....
And forty young devils jumped into her hair....

The devil stooped down to pick up the chains....
She picked up a poker and beat out his brains....

Three old devils came up the wall....
And said take her out or she'll brain us all....

One old devil got her up on his back....
And like an old jackass went lugging her back....

That proves that the women are worse than the men....
They go to hell and come back again....


Bronson includes a stanza or two of the ballad sung to the chantey, "Good-bye, Fare You Well."