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Katey Morey Come all you sly and crafty rogues, Come listen to my story: I'll tell you how I worked a plan To cheat one Katey Morey cho: With my whack! fol lathero, tathero, leathero, Whack! fol lathero, tathero lay. I went down to her father's house, Just like a clever fellow; I told her that the plums were ripe And just begun to mellow I told her that my sister Sue Was down in yonder bower, She wanted her to come down there And spend one half an hour [spoken] After I got her there in the bower- I told her that my sister Sue Knew nothing of the matter; "You must comply, or you must die! I have no time to flatter" My hand she squeezed, she seemed to be pleased, There's one thing more appeased her: "My father, he is coming this way, He will catch us here, sir! "But if you will strive to climb this tree While father's gone away, sir, Then we'll go down in yonder brake, There we'll sport and play, sir" Then I strove to climb the tree, Not being the least offended, Whilst Katey Morey stood at the roots To see how I ascended I twitched, I jerked, and made such work, It stuck right into my crop, sir, I cussed, I swore, my britches tore, Until I reached the top, sir Kate says to me, "You're up the tree, You look much like an owl, sir; You can eat your plums and crack your stones, And have your fun alone, sir" Kate, she heeled her over the plains Just like a maid distracted; I cussed, I swore at Katey More' To see how she had acted Next morning, when the sun come out, I wasn't the least offended; So I went to Kate and I married her, And now my britches get mended Now I've clumb the tallest tree That ever bore a plum, sir; We'll try the slip for grafting it, And see what fruit it'll be, sir My song is crossed up, I've sung enough, It's time to quit my rhyming: But every time Kate smiles at me, She makes me think of climbing Child #112 From Folk Songs of the Catskills,Cazden Haufrecht and Studer Collected from George and Dick Edwards Laws N24 RG
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