The Farmer’s Curst Wife

(2000)

Kohn's arrangement of "The Farmer's Curst Wife" is contained in the volume American Folk Set, Vol. 1, pubished by Classical Vocal Reprints (links listed to the right).

The Farmer’s Curst Wife


There was an old man at the foot of the hill.
If he ain’t moved away, he’s a’ livin’ there still.
Sing hi diddle I diddle I fi, diddle I diddle I day.
The devil he come to his house one day,
says “one of your family I’m gonna take away.”
Sing hi diddle I diddle I fi, diddle I diddle I day.
“Take her, my wife, with all a’ my heart,
and I hope, by golly, you never part.”
Sing hi diddle I diddle I fi, diddle I diddle I day.
The devil he put her up on his back
and off to Hell he went, clickity clack.
Sing hi diddle I diddle I fi, diddle I diddle I day.
When he got her down to the gates of Hell,
he says “punch up the fire, we’ll scorch her well.”
Sing hi diddle I diddle I fi, diddle I diddle I day.
In come a little devil draggin’ a chain.
She upped with a hatchet and split his brain!
Sing hi diddle I diddle I fi, diddle I diddle I day.
Now nine little devils went a climbin’ the wall,
sayin’ “take her back daddy, she’ll a’ murder us all!”
Sing hi diddle I diddle I fi, diddle I diddle I day.
The old man was a’ peepin’ out of a crack.
And he saw the old devil come draggin’ her back.
Sing hi diddle I diddle I fi, diddle I diddle I day.
Now there’s one advantage women have over men.
They can all go to Hell…and come back again.
Sing hi diddle I diddle I fi, diddle I diddle I day.


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