Root, Hog, or Die (1856) Words and Music: Anonymous As sung by Ordway's Aeolians

I'm right from old Virginny wid my pocket full ob news I'm worth twenty shillings right square in my shoes It doesnt make a dif of bitternance to neider you nor I Big pig or little pig, Root, hog, or die. CHORUS:I'm chief cook and bottlewasher, cap'n ob de waiters; I stand upon my head, When I peel de Apple dumplins. I'se happiest darkee on de top ob de earth I get fat as possom in de time ob de dearth Like a pig in a tate patch dar let me be Way down in old Virginny whar its Root, hog, or die. CHORUS De Boston dandies dey look so very grand Old clothes hand me down gloves upon de hand High heel boots boots moustaches round de eye - A perfect sick family ob Root, hog, or die. CHORUS De Boston gals dey de beat dem all Dey wear high heel shoes for to make demself's tall If dey dont hab dem de Lor how dey'l cry De boys hab got to get dem or else Root, hog, or die. CHORUS De Shanghie coats dey're getting all de go Whar de boys get dem I realy dont know But dey're bound to get dem if dey dont hang too high Or else dey make de Taiors run Root, hog or die. CHORUS

Thanks to Benjamin Tubb of
The Music of the American Civil War (1861-1865)
for sending us the lyrics of this song.

About "Flight of Doodles"