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BAREFOOT BOY WITH BOOTS ON, THE (Asa Martin - 1930's) New Christy Minstrels - 1963 John McCutcheon - 1980 Also recorded by: Tracy & Eloise Schwarz; Lois "Granny" Thomas; The Barefoot Boys; Mark Hamilton. Oh, the night was dark and stormy And the moon kept shining bright The stars cast burning rays down On the storm that raged that night The lightning struck the cowshed And the cows all chewed their cuds The moonlight set the prairie afire In the middle of the woods Oh, the barefoot boy with boots on Came a-crawling down the street His pants were filled with pockets And his boots were filled with feet He was born when he was a baby His grandma's pride and joy His only sister was a girl And his brother was a boy He never was one of triplets That came of being twins His legs were fastened to his knees Just below the shins His arms were fastened to his neck Several inches from his shoulder When he was grown, he was a man And every year got older At last he married a woman Who quickly became his wife He could not stay single And lead a married life His wife was full of notions And her mouth was full of tongue She raised a dozen children All born when they were young Six girls and five boys And then another child They never tried to tame them Just let them all go wild The youngest was the baby And the oldest was born first The good one was the very best And the mean one was the worst They never knew their ages And they did not seem to care They knew they had a birthday Coming to them every year They never knew their father's age But they always had a hunch That he was born before their day And was the oldest of the bunch And when they died, they could not speak And their names they could not tell And the girls all went to Heaven And the boys all went to @@@@ @@@@ Add in a place name to suit where the song is being sung ****** ALTERNATE VERSE: Six boys, five girls And then another child They never tried to raise them right Just let them grow up wild And late in the evening They'd send them off to bed Not sure if they was living And they wished they all was dead ****** SIMILAR SONGS: See also "Ain't We Crazy" and "Crazy Mixed-Up Song" ****** (Contributed by Mel - May 2009)

    


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