Arkansas Traveler

played AABB just sing an AB

A: D / / / | A / / / | D / / / | / / A D
B: D G D A | D G D A | D G D A | D / A D

A:Once upon a time in Arkansas
an old man sat in his little cabin door,
and he fiddled at a tune that he liked to hear,
a jolly old tune that he played by ear.
B:It was raining hard but the fiddler didn't care
as he sawed away at the popular air.
Though his rooftop leaked like a waterfall
that didn't seem to bother the old man at all.

A traveller was passing by that day
and stopped to hear him fiddling away.
The cabin was afloat and his feet were wet
but the old man still didn't seem to fret.
So the traveller said, "Now 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 cause it's a rainy day."

The traveller replied, "That's all quite true,
but this I think is the thing for you to do.
Get busy on a day that is fair and bright
and fix that old roof till it's good and tight."
But the old man kept on playing at his reel
as he tapped his shoe 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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