The Man Who Wouldn’t Hoe CornAugust 26, 1945
Thare was a young man lived on Beaver’s Creektaken from
He didn’t make corn fer xhisx to sell nor keep xrecording
And for the reason I can’t tell
For this young man was always well
He went to his corn field and looked in
xShudderedx Shallot weeds was to his chin
They weeds & grass so thick did grow
That he was afraid to venture with his hoe.
The nearest house that he went to
The girl xhe could indorsex he courted I suppose
She says to this young man in a great scorn
Oh she says young man have you wed out your corn
He answered her with this reply .
No kind miss I’ve laid it by
There is no use to strive in vain when I know
I shan’t make xmyx nor a grain
What is the use for us to wed
When you can’t make your own bread
Saying, All I am I expect to remain
For a lazy man I shan’t maintain.
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