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Tom Bolyn was Scotchman born,
His shoes wore out and his stockings were torn
The calf of his leg come down to his shin.
`I`m a bell of a fellow,` says Tom Bolyn.
Tom Bolyn had no boots to wear,
He bought him a goatskin to make him a pair,
The woolly side out and the skinny side in,
`Cool in the summer,` says Tom Bolyn.
Tom Bolyn bought him an old gray mare,
Her sides was sore, her feets was bare;
Away he went through thick and thin.
`I`m going a-courting,` says Tom Bolyn.
He rode over to a Dutchman`s hall,
There he got down amongst them all;
`Come in, come in, I bid you come in,`
`I`ve come here a-courting,` says Tom Bolyn.
`Come in, come in, you welcome guest,
Take which of my daughters that you like best.`
`I`ll take one for love and the other for kin,
I`ll marry them both,` says Tom Bolyn.
After the wedding we must have a dinner;
They had nothing to eat that was fit for a sinner,
Neither fish, flesh, food, nor no such a thing_
`It`s a hell of a dinner,` said Tom Bolyn.
And after the dinner, we must have a bed;
The floor it was swept and the straw it was spread;
The blankets was short and besides very thin,
`Stick close to my back,` said Tom Bolyn.
But his wife`s mother said the very next day,
`You will have to get another place to stay.
I can`t lie awake and hear you snore;
You can`t stay in my house any more.`
Tom Bolyn got into a hollow tree,
And very contented seemed to be;
The wind did blow and the rain beat in.
`This is better than no house,` said Tom Bolyn.
Tom Bolyn, his wife and wife`s mother,
They all went over the bridge together,
The bridge it broke, they all went in,
`First to the bottom,` said Tom Bolyn.
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From Our Singing Country, Lomax . Collected from Eliza Pace, KY
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