The Old Lady and the Devil

(tradition, arranged by Bill and Belle Reed)

 

 

There was an old man lived at the foot of the hill, if he ainít moved way heís a living there still.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

He hitched up his horse and went out to plow, and how he got around we never knew how.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

 

Old Devil come to him in the field one day, saying one or your family Iím a gonna take a away.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

Take her old take her old (the old lady) with the joy of my heart.I hope by Golly, youíll never part.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

 

Old Devil got her (the old lady) all loaded up on his back.He looked like a fella with a hump on this back.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

Old Devil got to the forks of the road.He said, old lady youíre a hell of a load.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

 

Old Devil got to the gate so hell, said put the fire up weíll start you well.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

Out come a little devil a dragging a chain, she picked up a hatchet and split out his brain.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

 

Out come a little devil skating on a wall, said take her back daddy sheís a murdering us all.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

Little devil was peeping right out the cracks said take her home daddy, donít you bring he back.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

 

The old man was peeping out the cracks he seen the old Devil come wagging her back.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

The old man lay sick in the bed.She upped with a butter stick and paddled his head.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

 

Old lady went west over the hill, said the Devil wonít have me and I donít know who will.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

Now you see what a woman can do.She can out do the Devil and the old man too.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

 

Old lady went west over the hill, said the Devil wonít have me and I donít know who will.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

Now you see what a woman can do.She can out do the Devil and the old man too.Singing Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-Faaa-dita-la-dita-la-daaay.

 

 

 

Note* Play and sing this in whatever key fits your best!