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Big Ball in Boston

Big ball in Boston, 4 Big ball in 1 town
Big ball in Boston, 5 We'll dance a 1 round

My love's in jail, boys, My love's in jail
My love's in jail, boys, who'll go her bail

Work on the railroad, sleep on the ground
Eatin' salty crackers, ten cents a pound

Little glass of sherry, Little glass of wine
Let's have a party, Let's have a time

Get on your big shoes, get on your gown
Shake off those sad blues, big ball's in town

Look at all them pretty girls walking down the street
Kicking up their heels, they're happy on their feet

Get drunk in Boston, dance around the town
Board up your windows, big ball's in town

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.