DESCRIPTION: "Now Moses, what makes you so strange and forgetful? How is it you heed what I tell you no more?" Moses's wife is angry at Moses's unruliness and smoking and pie-stealing. She warns him, "Now Moses, you'll catch it! Now Moses, don't touch it!"
AUTHOR: Henry Clay Work
EARLIEST DATE: 1865 (sheet music published by S. Brainerd's Sons with copyright by Root & Cady)
KEYWORDS: warning food drugs
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
WorkSongs, pp. 67-70, "Now, Moses" (1 text, 1 tune, a copy of the original sheet music)
Morris, #85, "Moses" (1 text)
NOTES [62 words]: Some of Henry Clay Work's songs are pretty feeble, but of all those I've seen, this may be the strangest. I have no idea what the point is supposed to be. Interestingly, the Florida version, which seems to be the only one in tradition, is quite different from Work's original -- it is longer, and it does not mention Moses's primary fault, the theft of a cherry pie. - RBW
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