Missouri State University
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Billy Boy

Cat. #0814 (MFH #72) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on June 25, 1969

VERSE 1
Where are you go'in, Billy boy, Billy boy
Where are you go'in, charm'in Billy
Up an' down th road, t' choose me a wife
She's a young thing, she caint leave 'er mamma

VERSE 2
Did she ask you in, Billy boy, Billy boy
Did she ask you in, charm'in Billy
She asked me in, with th dimples in 'er chin
She's a young thing, she caint leave 'er mamma

VERSE 3
Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy boy, Billy boy
Can she bake a cherry pie, charm'in Billy
She can bake a cherry pie, quick's a cat can wink its eye
She's a young thing, she cannot leave 'er mamma

VERSE 4
How old is she, Billy boy, Billy boy
How old is she, charm'in Billy
Twice six, twice seven, three times twenty an' eleven
She's a young thing, she caint leave 'er mamma

Ollie repeats the 17th chapter of th Gospel of St. John, I think she wanted to show her "membrance". Says, she is 76 years old.

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