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  1. Jabberwocky
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  3. The Vinegar Man
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  5. Crayon Box
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  7. Annabel Lee
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  9. Gunga Din
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  11. The Highwayman
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  13. Soft Rains Will Come
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  15. Richard Cory
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  17. The Riddling Knight
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  19. The Charge of the Light Brigade
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2. The Vinegar Man

Words* by Ruth Comfort Mitchell (1882-1954)

Music by Richard C. Davis

Narration by Duane Evan Hiatt

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The crazy old vinegar man is dead.
He never had missed a day before,
But somebody went to his tumble-down shed
by the haunted house and forced the door.
There in the middle of his pungent pans,
in the murky mess of his mixin' place;
Deep, sticky spiders and empty cans
and the same old frown on his sour old face.

Vinegar, vinegar, vinegar man--
face us and chase us and catch us if you can.
Pepper for a tongue and pickle for a nose.
Stick a pin in him and vinegar flows.
Well, glare at us, swear at us,
catch us if you can.
Catsup and chow-chow
and vinegar man.

Nothin' but recipes and worthless junk.
Greasy ole record books of paid and due.
And down in the depths of a battered old trunk,
a queer, quaint, valentine--torn in two.
Broken hearts and arrows and silver lace . . .
and a prim, dim, ladylike script that said:
"With dearest love, from Ellen to Ned."
Old vinegar man with a sour, old face.

Musty old record book of profit and loss.
Died about Saturday, so they say.
And a prim, dim, ladylike script that said:
"With dearest love, from Ellen to Ned."

Old pepper tongue.
Pickles his heart in brine.
The vinegar man is a long time dead.
He died when he tore his valentine.

(*Used by permission of Appleton-Century)

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New Dimensions in Folk Songs New Dimensions in Folk Songs The 3Ds | The Poetry Album: New Dimensions in Folk Songs
Dick, Denis, and Duane brought an exciting, unique idea to folk singing. They introduced it to cheering college audiences the land over during the 1960's. In their first album, hear why they received standing ovations for their New Dimensions in Folk Songs.
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