Arkansas Traveler

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Oh, once upon a time in Arkansas
An old man sat in his little cabin door
And fiddled at a tune that he liked to hear
A jolly old tune that he played by ear
It was raining hard, but the fiddler didn’t care
He sawed away at the popular air
Tho’ his rooftree leaked like a waterfall
That didn’t seem to bother the man at all

A traveler was riding by that day
And stopped to hear him a-practicing away
The cabin was a-float and his feet were wet
But still the old man didn’t seem to fret
So the stranger said “Now the way it seems to me
You’d better mend your roof,” said he
But the old man said as he played away
I couldn’t mend it now, it’s a rainy day

The traveler replied, “That’s all quite true
But this, I think, is the thing to do
Get busy on a day that is fair and bright
Then patch the old roof till it’s good and tight
But the old man kept on a-playing at his reel
And tapped the ground with his leathery heel
Get along,” said he, “for you give me a pain
My cabin never leaks when it doesn’t rain

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