Missouri State University
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Ole Devil and the Lady

Cat. #1541 (MFH #149) - As sung by David Krussel, Turners Station, Missouri on March 26, 1975

VERSE 1
There was an ole man at th foot of th hill
If he ain't moved away, he's livin' there still
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 2
Well, he hitched up his horse an' he went out t' plow
How he got around I never know how
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 3
Ole Devil come to 'im, in th field one day
Sayin' one of your kin I'm gonna take away
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 4
Well, take 'er on, take 'er on, with th joy of my heart
Hope by golly, that you never part
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 5
Th ole Devil got 'er up on his back
Looked like a peddler with a hump on his back
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 6
Ole Devil got out t' th forks of th road
He said, ole lady you're a hell of a load
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 7
Ole Devil got t' th gates of Hell
Said, push up th fire, we'll scorch 'er well
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 8
Up come a little Devil a draggin' a chain
She up with a hatchet, split out his brain
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 9
Up come a little Devil a skatin' on th wall
Said, take 'er back Daddy, she'll murder us all
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 10
A little Devil was peepin' out'a th crack
Said, take 'er back Dad, don't you bring 'er back
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 11
Ole man was a peepin' out'a th crack
Seen th ole Devil come a draggin' 'er back
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 12
Ole man lay sick in th bed
She up with th butter stick, paddled his head
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 13
Ole lady went a whistlin' over th hill
Said th Devil won't have me, I don't know who will
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

VERSE 14
Now, you see what a woman can do
She can out do th Devil an' th ole man too
Singin' hi-diddle-i-diddle-i-fi
Diddle-i-diddle-i-day

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