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Old Joe Clark [core]

Wished I had a nickel
Wished I had a (5) dime
1 Wished I had a pretty girl
To kiss and 5 call her 1 mine

Fare thee well, Old Joe Clark
Fare thee well, I (7b) say
1 Fare thee well, Old Joe Clark
I'm a 5 goin' a 1 way

I will not marry an old maid
I'll tell you the reason why
Her neck is so long and stringy
I'm afraid she'll never die

I asked my girl to marry me
And what do you think she said
Time enough to marry you
When all the rest are dead

Old Joe Clark, the preacher's son
Preached all over the pain
The only text he ever knew
Was High, low, Jack and the game

I won't go home with Old Joe Clark
I'll tell you the reason why
He blowed his nose in a cornbread crust
And called it pumpkin pie

I went up on the mountain top
A-huntin' sugar cane
Stuck my foot in a holler log
And our jumped Liza Jane

Wish I was a sugar tree
Standin' in the town
Every time a pretty girl passed
I'd shake some sugar down

I wish I had a sweetheart
I'd set her on the shelf
And every time she'd smile at me
I'd get up there myself

I used to live on mountain top
But now I live in town
I'm boarding at the big hotel
Courting Betsy Brown

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Available in these books:

Get Started Plus: Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
Listen to sample tracks.

The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.

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.