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Bile Them Cabbage Down

Bile them cabbage down, down
turn them hoe-cakes round, round
The only song that I can sing
is bile them cabbage down

Took my gal to the blacksmith shop
to have her mouth made small
She turned around a time or two
and swallowed shop and all

Went up on the mountain
gave my horn a blow
Thought I heard my true love say
yonder comes my beau

Went to see my gal last night
thought I'd do it sneakin'
Missed her mouth and hit her nose
and the doggone thing was leakin'

Raccoon in a simmon tree
possum on the ground
Raccoon said, you son of a gun
shake some simmons down

Once I had an old gray mule
his name was Simon Slick
He'd roll his eyes and back his ears
and how that mule would kick

How that mule would kick
he kicked with his dying breath
He shoved his hind feet down his throat
and kicked himself to death

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.