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Thread #155766   Message #3711641
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Coltman
25-May-15 - 09:34 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Along Came The Devil
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Along Came The Devil
Re the possible "Up Jumped the Devil" link, it looks unlikely. Ira Ford, Traditional Music in America, 1940, Hatbox, Pa, Folklore Associates, 1967, p 62, has the following, also quoted in the Fiddler's Companion website section dealing with "Devil's Dream," but it seems clearly unrelated. Just for comparison:

"Sometimes lyrics like these have been attached to the tune:

Forty days and forty nights
The Devil was a-dreaming,
Around the bark, old Noah's ark
The rain it was a-streaming.
The monkey washed the baboon's face,
The serpent combed his hair,
And up jumped the Devil
With his pitchfork in the air."