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On Our Turpentine Farm

    (Wesley Wilson)
Photograph of Coot Grant and Kid Wesley Wilson
Transcribed from vocals by Pigmeat Pete (Wesley Wilson) and Catjuice Charlie (Harry McDaniels), recorded October 7, 1929,
From Coot Grant and Kid Wilson, Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, v. 2: 1928-1931, Document Records, DOCD-5564.

[Spoken]
Whoa, there!
What's the matter, you, fool?
Back up there, back up there, pig, you hear me!

On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
Where the work ain't hard, hmm-hmm.
And the weather is warm.

We drove our mule to the water trough,
He wouldn't drink and he wouldn't back off,
With turpentine, we stroke him good,
He drunk all the water in our neighborhood.

On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
Where the work ain't hard, hmm-hmm.
And the weather is warm.

The hogs wouldn't grunt, and the cows wouldn't moo,
We tried to think what in the world to do,
We gave 'em some turpentine to make them sore,
Doggone fools come back for more!

On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
Where the work ain't hard, hmm-hmm.
And the weather is warm.

The horse we had, done seen his best,
Walks four blocks, and he sits down to rest,
Sat down one day in some turpentine,
Now, the poor horse, he done lost his mind.

On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
Where the work ain't hard, hmm-hmm.
And the weather is warm.

We had old dog, so doggone mean,
Worst old dog we had ever seen,
We fixed him up out in the old woodshed,
Now when we call him, he goes under the bed,

On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
Where the work ain't hard, hmm-hmm.
And the weather is warm.

Our boss man is a lazy hound,
Chews tobacco, spits on the ground,
Smokes his pipe, and he lays in the shade,
Laziest man that ever was made.

On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
On our turpentine farm, hmm-hmm,
Where the work ain't hard, hmm-hmm.
And the weather is warm.



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