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The Lehigh Valley Don't look at me that way, stranger, I didn't shit in your seat. I just come down from the mountains With my balls all covered with sleet. I've been up in the Lehigh Valley, Me and my old pal, Lou, A-pimpin' for a whorehouse And a God damned good one too. It was there that I first fucked Nellie; She was the village belle. I was only a lowdown panderer But I loved that girl like hell. But along came a city slicker, All handsome, gay and rich, And he stole away my Nellie, That stinking son-of-a-bitch. I'm just restin' my ass a moment, And then I'm on my way. I'll hunt the runt that swiped my cunt If it takes till Judgement Day. According to Ed Cray in _The Erotic Muse,_ the original of this hobo song was a parlor song used in an 1882 play. The first printed bawdy version dates to 1912 and was sung to the tune of Red River Valley (wherever that is.) A number of attempts have been made to bowdlerize this essential human story but they didn't work. Even if the song does not concern itself with biological functions, a sprinkling of currently prohibited words (especially when they are involved in hard-to-edit rhymes) is enough to ban a song. In `The Lehigh Valley,' for example, the triple rhyme of the last line couldn't be edited in a fashion suitable for for presentation to polite company. Into locked files went this hobo classic. AJS AJS
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