Mudcat Café message #875718 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55149   Message #875718
Posted By: Barbara Shaw
27-Jan-03 - 09:17 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat CD Orchid: Liner Notes PermaThread
Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Orchid: Liner Notes PermaThread
22.  Old Man at the Mill (traditional) 2:15

Performed by ShoreGrass with Barbara Shaw (guitar), Frank Shaw (banjo), Larry Rothermel (fiddle), Paul Pozzi (mandolin), Louis Audette (bass) on their CD In Connecticut. Vocals by Frank and Barbara.


There are many versions of this song. Bluegrassers know it as an old Dillards tune, and folkies know it as The Jolly Miller, which goes back to 1765. This is the way we sing it:

Same old man livin' at the mill
The mill turns around of it's own free will
Hand in the hopper and the other in the sack
Ladies step forward and the gents fall back.

Down sat an owl with his head all white
Lonesome day and a lonesome night
Thought I heard a pretty girl say
Court all night and you sleep next day.

Well then said the raven as she flew
If I was a young one I'd get two
One for to get and the other to sew
I'd have a string for my bow, bow, bow.

Well my old man's in Kalamazoo
He don't wear no yes I do
First to the left and then to the right
This old mill grinds day and night.