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: 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
Last updated in version 4.0
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2017 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.