Missouri State University
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Devil's Curst Wife

Cat. #0499 (MFH #149) - As sung by Johhny Morris, Springfield, Missouri on May 22, 1960

VERSE 1
Well, th farmer was plowin' his field one day
Whack-fa-rack-fa-tippy-fi-day
A farmer was plowin' his field one day
Whack-fa-rack-fa-tippy-fi-day
Whack-fa-rack-fa-tippy-fi-day

VERSE 2
Th devil says, farmer I've come for your wife
Whack-fa-rack-fa-tippy-fi-day
Th devil says, farmer I've come for your wife
Whack-fa-rack-fa-tippy-fi-day
Whack-fa-rack-fa-tippy-fi-day

VERSE 3
So, th devil he heisted 'er upon his hump
Whack-fa-rack-fa-tippy-fi-day
The devil he heisted 'er upon his hump
Down 't hell with 'er, he did jump
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day

VERSE 4
Well, when she got there th gates were shut
Whack-fa-rack-fa-tippy-fi-day
When they got there th gates were shut
With th stiff of 'er arm she lay open his nut
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day

VERSE 5
Two little devils were playin' hand ball
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day
Two little devils were playin' hand ball
Said, take 'er out Daddy, she'll kill us all
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day

VERSE 6
So, th devil he heisted 'er upon his hump
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day
Th devil he heisted 'er upon his hump
Back 't earth he gave a big jump
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day

VERSE 7
So, they say, that th woman are worse than th men
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day
O, they say, that th women are worse than th men
They down 't hell an' got chucked out again
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day
Right-fa-right-fa-tippy-fi-day

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