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Carol Foster and Mildred Tucker, vocals - I Come from West Virginia

from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 5: Grown on American Soil by Field Recorders' Collective



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Well, I come from West Virginia with my head a-full of knowledge
I never went to free school and I never saw a college.
But I've been told that it was a certain fact
That the world was made in a twinkle of a whack.

Made the world in six days and finished on the seventh
According to the contract it ought to been eleven.
Well the mason got drunk and the carpenter wouldn't work
And the only way to finish it was fill it up with dirt.

First they made the sun and then they made the sky
Then they hung it overhead to let the dirt dry.
Then they made a star out of a n--r woman's eye
For to give a little light when the moon it wasn't high.

Then they made the ocean, then they made a whale
Then they made a raccoon, a ring around his tail.
Made all other animals one by one,
Set ‘em up against the fence as soon as they was done.


from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 5: Grown on American Soil, released August 7, 2023
Recorded by Mark Wilson, Roger Cooper and Wally Wallingford, Salt Lick, KY, 8/02.


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