The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

What Is That Blood On Your Coat Sleeve

Cat. #0294 (MFH #175) - As sung by Mr. C. W. Ingenthron, Walnut Shade, Missouri on November 19, 1958

VERSE 1
O, what's that stain, on your shirt sleeve
Son, please come tell me
It t'is th blood of my little yella dog
That followed after me

VERSE 2
It t'is to pale for your little yella dog
Son, please come tell me
It t'is th blood of my little yella hoss
That I rode to town today

VERSE 3
It t'is to pale for your little yella hoss
Son, please come tell me
It t'is th blood of my own brother, dear
That rode by th side of me

VERSE 4
O, what did you fall-out about
Son, please come tell me
We fell out about a sprout
That might have made a tree

VERSE 5
O, what will you do, when your Father comes home
Son, please come tell me
I'll step on board of yondos ship
And sail across th sea

VERSE 6
O, what will you do with Katy, dear
Son, please come tell me
I'll take her on board of yondos ship
To beare me company

VERSE 7
O, when will you come back, my dear
Son, please come tell me
When th sun rises, never to set
And you kvow that'll never be

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