Day 46: The Derby Ram



“The Derby Ram” from Vance Randolph’s “Ozark Folksongs,” based on the Derbyshire ballad. Sung by Charles Ingenthron, Walnut Shade, Mo., June 30, 1940.

As I went down to Darby Town,
All on a summer day,
‘Twas thereI saw the finest ram
That ever fed on hay.

And if you don’t believe me,
And think I’d tell a lie,
Just you go down to Darby Town
And you’ll see the same as I.

The wool upon this ram’s back
It hung down to the ground;
They hauled it to the market
And it weighed ten thousand pounds.

The horns upon this ram’s head
It reached up to the sky;
The eagle built it’s nest in there,
For I heard the young-uns cry.

And every tooth in this ram’s head
Would hold a bushel of corn,
And every foot he stood on
Would cover an acre of ground.

And when they stuck this ram, sir,
There was an awful flood;
There was ten thousand people
Got drownded in the blood.

Oh, the man that owned this ram, sir,
He must have been awful rich,
And the man that told the story
Either lied or made a mistake!

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