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Tanner's Boarding House

This song is by Gid Tanner and Riley Puckett and appears on the compilation Good for What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 (2005).

I'm just a country fellow from way out in the sticks
I have a lot of trouble, I get a lot of kicks
I raise my cotton and corn, I never owned a Ford
I run the boardin' house where the folks don't pay no board

My boardin' house, my boardin' house, it sits up on the hill
Now come along and join us all, and you're welcome if you will
Eat corn bread and 'taters, too, and drink out of a gourd
My boardin' house, my boardin' house, where the folks don't pay no board

"Great Goodness! ha ha ha ha ha"

There is a lot of people, sometimes they make me blue
They stay with me all the summer, and spend the winter, too
They brag about how well they live when they are up in town
But when my grocery bill comes due, they never are around

"Great Goodness! ha ha ha ha ha"

My boardin' house, my boardin' house, it sits up on the hill
Now come along and join us all, and you're welcome if you will
Eat corn bread and 'taters, too, and drink out of a gourd
My boardin' house, my boardin' house, where the folks don't pay no board

Hunt and fish all day 'til they're out of breath
Come home to supper, perished 'most to death
Eat my ham and middlin's too, they certainly have suffish
And rush right on off to bed, and never wash a dish

"Great Goodness! ha ha ha ha ha"

My boardin' house, my boardin' house, it sits up on the hill
Now come along and join us all, and you're welcome if you will
Eat corn bread and 'taters, too, and drink out of a gourd
My boardin' house, my boardin' house, where the folks don't pay no board

"By Jesus, I'm gone"