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Traditional
  1. My friends if you will understand my fortunes
    What they are,
    I once had cattle, house and land but now
    am never near,
    My father left a good estate as I may
    Tell to thee,
    I was cozened of all I had,
    Like a great boobee.
    I was cozened of all I had,
    Like a great boobee.
  2. I went to school with a good intent
    And for to learn my book,
    And all the day I went to play
    And in it never did look,
    Full seven years or very nigh, as I may
    Tell to thee,
    I could hardly say my Christ cross row,
    Like a great boobee.
    I could hardly say my Christ cross row,
    Like a great boobee.
  3. My father then in all the haste did set
    Me to the plow,
    And for to lash the horse about, indeed
    I knew not how,
    My father took his whip in hand and
    Soundly lashed me,
    He called me fool and country clown,
    And a great boobee.
    He called me fool and country clown,
    And a great boobee.
  4. But I have learned so much wit shall
    Shorten all my cares,
    If I can but a licence get to play
    Before the bears.
    'Twill be a gallant place indeed as I
    May tell to thee,
    Then who dares call me fool or ass, or
    A great boobee.
    Then who dares call me fool or ass, or
    A great boobee.

From the collection Songs From Hazzards Huzzah