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Old Ephraim; Old Ephriam Johnson bought an old blind horse,; Oh lord, won't you help me outa this hole; I'll never rob another chicken roost

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Beasley, Oran


voice; guitars Recorded and edited by Sung by Oran Beasley Tom Beasley Heber Springs, Ark Dec 23, 1963 Reel 426, Item 3 **OLD EPHRIAM** Old Ephriam Johnson bought an old blind horse, And the old heck's name was Ball, He took him down to the pasture, To make a living or perish that thought. He went to town and bought an old cow-bell, And he placed it aroung Ball's neck, When the bell would sound, old Eph would frown, Here comes that old blind heck. One night while returning from a neighbor's chicken roost, He fell into an old-time well, He hit the bottom so gosh-darned hard, That his mind was blank for a spell. He opened his eyes in wide surprise, When he heard that old cow-bell, He fell on his knees and began to pray, You could hear old Ephriam yell. Chorus: Oh lord, won't you help me outa this hole, Oh lord, won't you help a poor nigger soul. I'll never rob another chicken roost, or roll the dice for gold, Oh lord, won't you help me outa this hole. Note: At this point the music stops and the song is talked. You know, if the lord don't help me out of this hole, I don't how I'm going to get out. Wonder if the lord can hear me down here? If I ever do git outa this hole, I'm gonna shoot that old blind horse and I'm gonna move this hole. I lost my dice. I...
Beasley, TomBeasley, Tom
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1963 12 23
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