Sung by: Mrs. Russell Vaughan
Recorded in Memphis, TN

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Jolly was the miller and he lived by the mill . . .

(Mrs. Vaughan: “This was a game that we used to play kind of like a promenade. And when we were playing it, we would sing this.”)

Jolly was the miller, and he lived by the mill,
And the mill turned around with a right good will.
One hand in the hopper, and the other in the sack,
Ladies step forward, and the gents step back.

Mama killed a chicken, and she thought it was a duck,
And she put it on the table with its hind legs up.
The right foot forward and the left foot back,
Ladies step forward, and the gents step back.

Also found in Randolph, Vol. III, #518, “The Miller Boy”; Brown, Vol. III, #75, “The Miller Boy.”

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