My Little Carpenter I'll tell to you a new song that's lately been made 'tis of a little carpenter, he courted a fair maid He courted her, he courted her, he loved her as his life Oftimes he asked her if he would be his wife Along came an old man, he came from Noah's Ark A long ways a-travelin', a-goin' in the dark I can't fancy you, old man, you look too old and grim Oh, my little carpenter, oh what's become of him? Along came the blacksmith, it was the other day He gave me a handkerchief, or so the people say He gave me a gold ring to talk with him again Oh, my little carpenter, oh what's become of him? Along came a young man, he came from Scarlet Town With gold chain and finger rings, he throwed him on the ground I can fancy you, young man, you look so neat and trim Oh, my little carpenter, what would become of him? Along came the carpenter, he came so neat and slow All the money that he makes, he brings to me to show He hews with his broad axe all day and sits by me all night Oh, my little carpenter, my whole heart's delight _______ collected by Alan Lomax from Jim Howard of Harlan KY sung by the New Lost City Ramblers on Gone to the Country printed in Sing Out Reprint 10 SOF
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