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Blue-Tail Fly When I was young I used to wait On my master and give him his plate And pass the bottle when he got dry And brush away the blue-tail fly. cho: Give me cracked corn and I don't care * Give me cracked corn and I don't care Give me cracked corn and I don't care My Master's gone away He'd ride around in the afternoon I'd follow after with a hickory broom His pony being rather shy When bitten by a blue-tail fly. CHORUS One day he rode about the farm The flies so numerous they did swarm One chanced to bite him on the thigh The devil take the blue-tail fly The pony run, he jump, he pitch He throw'd my master in the ditch He died and the jury wondered why The verdict was the blue-tail fly CHORUS They laid him neath a 'simmon tree His epitaph is there to see Beneath this rock I'm forced to lie The victim of the blue-tail fly. CHORUS note: as sung by The Highgraders, San Francisco, early 60s - the traditional chorus, which makes no sense, is "Jimmie Crack Corn"; I prefer "Gimmie crack'd corn" - whiskey] ES Could be. Also might not be. Logic often leads to fakelore. RG DT #669 Laws I19 ES
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