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The Devil and the Farmer's Wife

There was an old farmer and he lived on a hill;
He ain't moved away, he's a-living there still.
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

The devil he came to the farmer one day;
Says "One of your family I'm taking away"
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

"Oh, please don't take my eldest son;
There's work on the farm that's got to be done."
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

"Take my wife, with the joy of my heart;
And I hope, by golly, that you never part."
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

The devil put the old woman into a sack
And down the road went clickety-clack.
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

And when they got to the fork of the road
He says, "Old woman, you're a hell of a load".
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

And when they got to the gates of Hell
He says, "Stoke the fire, boys, we'll roast her well"
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

Then up stepped a devil with a ball and chain
She upped with her foot and kicked out his brain
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

Then nine little devils went running up the wall
Crying "Take her back, Daddy, she'll murder us all".
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

Well, the old man was peeking through a crack;
When he seen the old devil come a-bringing her back.
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

"Here's your wife, both sound and well;
If she'd stayed any longer, she'd a-torn up Hell."
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

"I've been a devil most all of my life;
But I never knew what Hell was 'till I met with your wife"
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

This proves that the women are better than the men;
They can all go to Hell and come back again.
Sing hi diddle I, diddle I fye, diddle I, diddle I day.

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