Bile Dem Cabbage Down Went up on the mountain Just to give my horn a blow Thought I heard my true love say Yonder comes my beau Bile dem cabbage down Turn dem hoecakes round The only song that I can sing Is bile dem cabbage down Took my gal to the blacksmith shop To have her mouth made small She turned around a time or two And swallowed shop and all Possum in a 'simmon tree Raccoon on the ground Raccoon says you son-of-a-gun Shake some 'simmons down Someone stole my old 'coon dog Wish they'd bring him back He chased the big hogs through the fence And the little ones through the crack Met a possum in the road Blind as he could be Jumped the fence and whipped my dog And bristled up at me Once I had an old gray mule His name was Simon Slick He'd roll his eyes and back his ears And how that mule would kick How that mule would kick He kicked with his dying breath He shoved his hind feet down his throat And kicked himself to death Raccoon has a bushy tail, Possum's tail is bare, Rabbit's got no tail at all But a little bunch of hair. Raccoon and the possum Rackin' cross the prairie, Raccoon ax the possum Did she want to marry? Possum is a cunning thing, He travels in the dark, And never thinks to curl his tail Till he hears old Rover bark. Possum up a 'simmon tree Raccoon on the ground Raccoon says to the possum, Won't you shake them 'simmons down? Jaybird died with the whoopin' cough, Sparrow died with the colic. Along come the frog with a fiddle on his back, Inquirin' his way to the frolic. From Lomax;_Folk Songs of North America, adapted from the singing of Peggy Seeger. Note that many of these verses are also often "floated" into and out of other songs such as Cindy or Old Joe Clark.AJS AJS APR99
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