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Old Grandma 1. Old Grandma when the west was new She wore hoop skirts and bustles too When infants came and times got bad, She stuck right on to old Granddad. 2. She worked hard seven days a week To keep Granddad well-fed and sleek Twenty-one children came to bless Their happy home in the wilderness. 3. Twenty-one boys, oh, how they grew! Big and strong, on bacon, too They slept on the floor with the sheep and the goats And they hunted in the woods in their oilskin coats. 4. Twenty-one necks grandma would scrub Twenty-one shirts in the old washtub Twenty-one meals three times a day - It's no wonder Grandma's hair turned grey. 5. Old [Great] Granddad was a busy man He washed his face in the frying pan He shaved his beard with a hunting knife And he wore the same [one] suit all his life. 6. Old [Great] Grandma had a broody hen She got it from her cousin Ben In a pair of pants she made a nest And the hen hatched out a coat and vest. 7. She could make good mountain dew Homebaked beans and Irish stew Old granddad [Great Grandpa] once killed a goat And Grandma made a new fur coat. 8. And what she did was quite all right, She worked all day and slept all night But young folk [girls] now they're [are] the other way They're up all night and they  sleep all day. from Fowke, "based on one Kenneth Peacock collected in Newfoundland." A later re-write of "Great Grand-Dad". JB apr97
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