Eggs And Marrowbone (Em, 4/4)


There was an old woman in our town
And in our town did dwell
She loved her old man dearly
But another man twice as well

She went down to the doctor
To see what she could find
To see what she could find
To make her old man blind

"Feed him eggs and marrowbone
And make him sup them all
It won't be too long before
He won't see you at all"

She fed him eggs and marrowbone
And made him sup them all
And it wasn't too long before
He couldn't see her at all

"Now that I am old and blind
And tired of my life
I'll go to the rivers edge
And there I'll end my life"

"To drown yourself, to drown yourself
Now that would be a sin
So I'll go with you to the rivers edge
And there I'll push you in"

The old woman took a running jump
To push the old man in
The old man he stepped aside
And the woman she fell in

She cried for help, she screamed for help
And loudly she did bawl
The old man said "I'm so blind
I can't see you at all!"

She swam along, she swam along
Till she came to the rivers brim
The old man got a great long pole
And pushed her further in

Now the old woman is dead and gone
And the Devil's got her soul
Wasn't she a gosh-darn fool
That she didn't grab that pole?

Eating eggs and marrowbone
Won't make your old man blind
So if you want to do him in
You must sneak up from behind