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Watermelon on the Vine

See that watermelon (4) smiling through the 1 fence
I really wanna eat that watermelon 5 fine
1 White folks sure am foolish, They (4) haven't got a lot of 1 sense
Or they wouldn't leave that 5 melon on that 1 vine

4 Hambone is sweet, 1 chicken is good
Rabbit is so very, very 5 fine
But 1 give me, oh give me, now 4 how I wish you 1 would
That watermelon 5 hanging on that 1 vine

You may talk about your apples, your peaches and your pears
'Simmons a-growing on the tree
But bless your heart my honey, you am the gal for me
Or they wouldn't leave it hanging on that vine

I went to get that melon, it was on one Sunday night
The stars they had just begun to shine
When I left that old man's field, I left there in a run
But I didn't leave that melon on that vine

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.