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Lynchburg Town Song

12/7/2009 • Civil War, CWT Online Special

Massa had an old black hen,

She laid behind the door,

Every day she laid three eggs

And Sunday she laid more.


Massa had an old coon dog

And he was a half a hound,

He could run for an hour and a half

And never touch the ground.


Somebody’s stole my old coon dog,

l wish they’d bring him back ;

He run the old ones over the fence

And the little ones through the crack.


l went down to town

And went into the store,

And every pretty girl in that town

Came running to the door.


Last time l saw my girl,

She was standing in the door,

Her shoes and stockings in her hand

And her feet all over the floor.


l went down to town

To get me a jug o’ wine,

They tied me up to a whipping post’

And give me forty-nine.


l went down to town

To get me a jug of gin,

They tied me up to a whipping post

And give me hell agin.

Note: Chorus 1 and 2 sung before each stanza. Stanzas sung to tune of either chorus.

From Our Singing Country, Lomax. Collected from James Mullins, KY 1937


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