I wish I was a mole in the ground, Miss Pearl Webb.

Title

I wish I was a mole in the ground, Miss Pearl Webb.

Description

Recorded on August 24th, 1939 by Frank Clyde Brown, Miss Pearl Webb sung "I wish I was a mole in the ground", commonly known as "A mole in the ground".

Date

August 24th, 1939

Transcription

I wish I was a mole in the ground;
I wish I was a mole in the ground;
If I’s a mole in the ground I’d root that mountain down;
I wish I was a mole in the ground.  

Oh, Tempy wants a nine-dollar shawl;
Oh, Tempy wants a nine-dollar shawl;
When I come o’er hill with a forty-dollar bill;
Oh, it’s “Baby, where you been so long?”.  

I wish I was a lizard in the spring;
I wish I was a lizard in the spring;
If I’s a lizard in the spring I’d hear my darlin’ sing;
I wish I was a lizard in the spring.  

Oh, Tempy, let your hair roll down;
Oh, Tempy, let your hair roll down;
Let your hair roll down and your bangs curl around;
Oh, Tempy, let your hair roll down.  

I wish I was a mole in the ground;
I wish I was a mole in the ground;
If I’s a mole in the ground I’d root that mountain down;
I wish I was a mole in the ground.    

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“I wish I was a mole in the ground, Miss Pearl Webb.,” NC Jukebox, accessed November 19, 2018, http://ncjukebox.trinity.duke.edu/items/show/4.