The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

With His Old Gray Beard a Shining

Cat. #0217 (MFH #687) - As sung by Mrs. Laura McDonald and Reba Glaze, Springdale, Arkansas on July 23, 1958

VERSE 1
There was an old man, lived over th lea
I hope, but I won't have 'im
Came over th lea, a courting with me
With his old gray beard a shining

VERSE 2
My Mother she told me, to open th door
I hope, but I won't have 'im
I opened th door, he fell on th floor
With his old gray beard a shining

VERSE 3
My Mamma she told me, to feed him some cake
I hope that I won't have 'im
I fed him some cake, he swallowed th flake
With his old gray beard a shining

VERSE 4
My Mamma she told me, to feed him some pie
I hope that I won't have 'im
I feed him some pie and he swallowed a fly
With his old gray beard a shining

VERSE 5
My Mother she told me, to put 'im to bed
I hope that I won't have him
I put 'im to bed an' I cut off his head
With his old gray beard a shining

This song was started by Mrs. Laura McDonald and finished by Reba Glaze.

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