My Sweet Farm Girl

Tom Ashley learned this naughty little song from some African American workers at a country carnival and recorded it for Vocalion in 1932. Later it turns up on an obscure 10 inch Folkways LP called "Earth is Earth", sung by the New Lost City Ramblers under a thinly disguised pseudonym. The album included a few other songs of a similarly questionable nature.

The notes on the back of the "Earth is Earth" album said "This song comes from South New Lost City Depot, which is a very rough little section of the city. No nice people ever go there."

Of another song, "Bang, Bang Lulu", they wrote "This was dedicated by ·Mayor Wimble, of New Lost City, to Miss Lulu Cornplaster at the town's 4th of July picnic in 1925, just prior to her departure for New Orleans to embark upon her glamorous career. It is worth mention that Lulu's first employment in New Orleans was procured for her by a committee of kindly elderly ladies who felt that this was one way they could help to further her career. As the chairlady of the committee, Mrs.Frank Wimble, said: "The further the better."

Lyrics: 

My sweet farm girl, she's my joy and pride.
My sweet farm girl, she's my joy and pride.
She knows I know how to keep her satisfied.

So early in the morning, I cut her grass, you bet.
So early in the morning, I cut her grass, you bet.
Pull up the hose, I keep her lawn all wet.

I stoke her fire. I shake her ashes down.
I stoke her fire. I shake her ashes down.
We eat our breakfast, then we ride on back to town.

I keep her garden all free from bugs and weeds.
I keep her garden all free from bugs and weeds.
I plow her land and then I sow my seeds.

I trim her hedges. I clean out her back yard.
I trim her hedges. I clean out her back yard.
She loves her daddy because long and hard.

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Tuning: 
G standard