The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

I'll Be A Good Boy And Do So No More

Cat. #0456 (MFH #22) - As sung by Mr. William Edens, Mont Ne, Arkansas on January 20, 1960

VERSE 1
- - - it's I was very rich
I married me a fair maid
She had'nt any stitch
I frickliced and I sported
Till I spent all my store
An' I'll be a good boy
An' do so no more

VERSE 2
It was to th ale house
To frocklic an' to dance
We dance all th night
An' one-half of th day
Th fiddle at th midnight
It made th whole town roar
An' I'll be a good boy
An' do so no more

VERSE 3
My uncle was against me
An' all of my kin
Th guard house stood open
For me to walk in
A guard house is bad, boys
As you have heard before
An' I'll be a good boy
An' do so no more

VERSE 4
I had not been in there, boys
More than one-half a year
So, I'se glad to get cold water
Instead of lager beer
I'se glad to get th crumbs, boys
That fell upon th floor
An' I'll be a good boy
An' do so no more

VERSE 5
I had a rich ole uncle
Who lived up in th west
He heard of my bad conduct
He could hardly take his rest
He cometh by to see me
He paid up all my score
An' I'll be a good boy
An' do so no more

VERSE 6
I'll go home, I'll go home
I'll go unto my wife
I'll work to man-tain her
All th days of my life
I'll work an' to mantain her
I'll lay that up in store
An' I'll be a good boy
An' do so no more

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