Reap, Boys, Reap (Cold Stormy Weather, Who'll Be the Binder?)
DESCRIPTION: "It rains, it hails, it's cold stormy weather, In comes the farmer drinking all the cider, You be the reaping-boy and I'll be the binder. I've lost my true love and don't know where to find her." "Go into the ring and see if you can find her."
EARLIEST DATE: 1903 (Newell-GamesAndSongsOfAmericanChildren)
KEYWORDS: playparty farming food
FOUND IN: US(MA,SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Newell-GamesAndSongsOfAmericanChildren, #22, "Who'll Be the Binder" (3 short texts, 1 tune)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5, pp. 527-528, "It Rains and It Hails" (2 short texts, 2 tunes)
Roud #3651 and 7920
It Rains, It Hails
I'll Be the Reaper
NOTES [59 words]: Roud seems to divide this into two songs, "Reap, Boys, Reap" and "It Rains And It Hails." Newell-GamesAndSongsOfAmericanChildren's three texts are all very short but seem to partake of both forms. I've tentatively lumped them until I see a clear dividing line.
One of the Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5 tunes is very close to "Dixie." - RBW
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