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3rd Arkansas Volunteer Infantry Company A - Civil War Reenactment Group

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        Oh once upon a time in Arkansas
        An old man sat in his little cabin door,
        And fiddled at a tune that he liked to hear,
        A jolly old tune that he played by ear.


        It was raining hard but the fiddler didn't care
        He sawed away at the popular air,
        Though his roof tree leaked like a water fall
        That didn't seem to bother that man at all


          A traveler was riding by that day,
          And stopped to hear him a-practicing away
         The cabin was afloat and his feet were wet,
         But still the old man didn't seem to fret.


       So the stranger said: "Now the way 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, it's a rainy day."


       The traveler 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,
      Then pitch the old roof till it's good and tight."


       But the old man kept on a-playing at his reel,
       And tapped the ground 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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