Index of Lyrics
Hard Times in Ol Virginia

as led by Barry Finn on Fathom This © 2007
Barry Finn and Neil Downey

My ol' Missus is a rich ol' lady,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
Seven servants all around her table,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

My ol' Missus is a rich ol' lady,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
Seven servants all to care for the baby,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

My ol' Missus, now she promised me,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
When she die gonna set me free,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

My ol' Missus, now she grow so old,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
All the hair on her head go bald,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

Go to the well, gonna draw some water,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
Get a bucket gonna go tomorrow,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

Get some corn, lay it down by the fire,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
Get some corn, watch the fire grow higher,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!
Oh, in ol' Virginia,
Hard times in ol' Virginia!

Recorded on the Georgia Sea Island Singers CD in the Lomax's Southern Journey collection Earliest Times vol. 13. Lydia Parrish, in her Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands refers to her version as a combination of the shanty Hard Times in Old Virginny, the religious song Aye Lord, Budding on the Fig Tree, and the dance song My Ole Missus Promise Me.