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Root, Hog or Die

This song is by The Carter Sisters and Maybelle Carter and appears on the compilation album Keep On the Sunny Side: June Carter Cash - Her Life in Music (2005) by June Carter Cash.

When I was young and pretty
With a twinkling in my eye
I met a travelin' man one day
And I guess he told a lie

When we was a courting
He called me sugar pie
Now he calls me other names
It's root, hog, or die

Root, hog, or die
Tell you the reason why
I met a travelin' man one day
And I guess he told a lie

A rig a tig tig A rig a tig tig A rig a tig tig tig

He asked me to get married
One cold day in July
But since the day we've tied the knot
It's root, hog, or die

He always promised that I'd get a 50/50 deal
But every time he buys a turnip
All I get's the heel

Root, hog, or die
Tell the world goodbye
For since the day we tied the knot
It's root, hog, or die

He told me that I'd always be the apple of his eye
But since I knocked his one eye out
It's root, hog, or die

My old man don't work at all
No, he won't even try
If I don't work, I'll starve to death
It's root, hog, or die

Root, hog, or die
Just me, myself, and I
If I don't work, I'll starve to death
It's root, hog, or die

Now I ain't young and pretty
There's no twinkling in my eye
Cause since I met that travelin' man
It's root, hog or die

Root, hog, or die
Root, hog, or die
Cause since I met that travelin' man
It's root, hog or die

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