Sung by: Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Ash
Recorded in Mountain View, AR 7/26/63

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My best girl has gone away;
Hope to the land she's gone to stay,

I got a girl in five cent town;
She got on the merry-go-round.
The merry-go-round, it went so slow,
Throwed my girl out in the snow.

It skinned her knee and her elbow;
It skinned her knee and her elbow.
Throwed my gal out in the snow,
And skinned her knee and her elbow.

Chorus: Ta-ra-rara-boom-de-ay,
Rippity tarrity boom-de-ay.

I had a cow that give such milk,
I dress her in the finest silk.
Milk her forty times a day,
And shout for the boys to get out of my way.

(Chorus, with last line this time being "Ta-ra-rara-boom-de-ay.")

Had an old rooster;
He wouldn't say his prayers.
Kept singing a little tune
To the hens upstairs.

Had an old cow
And I bought her last June.
I caught her in the cornfield
A-winking at the moon.
Ribbity tarrity boom-de-ay.

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

The John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection
Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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