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Thread #32073 Message #1331374
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
18-Nov-04 - 02:43 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: An Acre of Land
Subject: Lyr Add: THE CAMBRIC SHIRT (from Max Hunter)
The song collected by Max Hunter, mentioned by Sandy Paton,with both audio and midi, is called "Rosemary and Thyme." Max Hunter
Lyr. Add: THE CAMBRIC SHIRT
Can you make me a cambric shirt
Fluma luma laky slomy
Without seam or fine needle work?
Ffom a teaslum tasalum templum
Fluma luma laky sloomy
Can you wash it in a well *
Where water never ran nor water never fell?
Can you dry it on a thorn
That never was seen since Adam was born?
Can you buy me an acre of land
Between the salt water and the sea land?
Can you plow it with a hog's horn
And seed it all down with one pepper corn?
When the fool has done his work
He may come to me and have his shirt.
* Nonsense lines of verse one omitted. Secured by Miss Hamilton in 1910 from Fred Wilkinson who got it from a MS collection made by his grandmother, Eliza Robbins, of Brownington, VT. H. M. Belden, "Ballads and Songs Collected by the Missouri Folk-Lore Society," 1940 (1973), The Elfin Knight C, p. 3.