Sung by: Jack Escue
Recorded in Sidney, AR 8/30/57

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There was a miller boy, lived by the mill.
The mill turned around by its own free will.
Hand on the hopper and the other'n on the sack,
Ladies walk forward, gents turn back.
Sailing east, we're sailing west,
Sailing over the ocean.
Come, all you men who want a good wife,
Better be quick in the motion.

(Mr. Escue: "In this little ring game, why, each man has his partner, and they're circling around and they promenade, and there's one extra boy in the center, and he cheats a partner every time, and when he hollers be quick in the motion . . . In this ring game, when they start out, why, you have your partner, and you're promenading around the ring, and there's an extra boy in the center who cheats on a partner every time, and that throws one without a partner, and it goes on around until the ring, 'til it's finished.")

Also found in Randolph, Vol. III, #518; Brown, Vol. III, #75.

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