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First Line: O the raggedy man! He works fer pa
Last Line: Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy man!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Handy Men; Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes

O! the Raggedy Man! He works fer Pa;
An' he's the goodest man ever you saw!
He comes to our house every day,
An' waters the horses, and feeds 'em hay;
An' he opens the shed—an' we all 'ist laugh
When he drives out our little old wobble-ly calf;
An' nen—ef our hired girl says he can—
He milks the cow fer 'Lizabuth Ann.
Ain't he a awful good Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

W'y, the Raggedy Man—he's 'ist so good
He splits the kindlin' and chops the wood;
An' nen he spades in our garden, too,
An' does most things 'at boys can't do.
He climbed clean up in our big tree
An' shooked a apple down fer me—
An' nother'n, too, fer 'Lizabuth Ann—
An' nother'n, too, fer the Raggedy Man.

Ain't he a awful kind Raggedy Man?
Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!

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