Missouri State University
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Ole Bill Moshers Ford

Cat. #0717 (MFH #479) - As sung by Floyd McGinnis, Pea Ridge, Arkansas on May 20, 1969

VERSE 1
Ole Bill Mosher rode a horse
Till the old horse died, one day
Then he said, he would buy him a Ford
Although he couldn't pay
Well, he went an' he stood th rent man off
An' he made a payment down
He's just as proud as a sett'n hen
When he drove it around th town

VERSE 2
Ole Bill Mosher nursed that Ford
Like a baby two weeks old
He even wrapped it up at night
Afraid it might take cold
An' if you ask him for a ride
He'd never take a chance
Before you ever got inside
You would have to dust your pants

VERSE 3
He started home from work, one day
Driv'n that Ford along
Mak'n fourteen miles a hour
With th engine a sing'n a song
Dirk Massey's Ford came up behind
And when he turned a curve
He hit Bill Mosher in th rear
An' he busted up his nerve

VERSE 4
Well, it almost broke Bill Moshers heart
To see his Ford bent up
He said th dern thing look just like
A chain - gangs drink'n cup
He turned and he looked at Massey's face
An' th words came fast an' hot
I could repeat just what he said
But guess't I'd better not

VERSE 5
Now, Bill's working night an' day
T' pay that rent man off
His Ford looks like ole tennis shoes
With both th soles worn off
Just an ole flat tire an' a bale of wire
A piece of hickory board
That's all there is an' there ain't no more
Of, ole Bill Moshers Ford