Missouri State University
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Th Devil and The Farmer

Cat. #1519 (MFH #149) - As sung by Donnie Koonce, Springfield, Missouri on March 13, 1975

VERSE 1
Th farmer was plowin' his field one day
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day
Th farmer was plowin' his field one day
Th Devil came up to him he did say
With a rightful-la-tilley-fi-day
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day

VERSE 2
Well, he said, my good man, I've come for you wife
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day
He said, my good man, I have come for you wife
She's th main torment of your life
With a rightful-la-tilley-fi-day
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day

VERSE 3
So, th Devil he hoisted 'er up on his hump
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day
Th Devil he hoisted her up on his hump
Down to Hell with her he did jump
With a rightful-la-tilley-fi-day
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day

VERSE 4
When they got there th gates were shut
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day
When they got there th gates were shut
One sweep of her arm, she broke open his nut
With a rightful-la-tilley-fi-day
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day

VERSE 5
Two little Devils were playin' handball
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day
Two little Devils were playin' handball
Said, take 'er out Pa, shell kill us all
With a rightful-la-tilley-fi-day
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day

VERSE 6
So, th Devil he hoisted 'er up on his hump
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day
Th Devil he hoisted 'er up on his hump
N' back to earth with her he did jump
With a rightful-la-tilley-fi-day
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day

VERSE 7
Well, he said, my good man I've come with your wife
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day
He said, my good man I have brougth back your wife
She's th main torment of my life
With a rightful-la-tilley-fi-day
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day

VERSE 8
So they say, it's th women that's worser than th men
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day
They say that, th women is worse than the men
Got sent down to Hell an' kicked out again
With a rightful-la-tilley-fi-day
Rightful-rightful-tilley-fi-day

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