The Raggedy Man
O The Raggedy Man! He works for Pa; An' he's the goodest man ever you saw! He comes to our house every day, An' waters the horses, an' feeds 'em hay, An' he opens the shed--an' we all ist laugh When he drives out our little old wobbly calf; An' nen--if our hired girl says he can-- He milks the cow for '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' an' chops the wood; An' nen he spades in our garden, too, An' does most things 'at boys can't do!-- He clumbed 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! An' The Raggedy Man, he knows most rhymes An' tells 'em, ef I be good, sometimes; Knows 'bout Giunts, an' Griffuns, an' Elves, An' the Squidgicum-Squees 'at swallers therselves! An', wite by the pump in our pasture-lot, He showed me the hole 'at the Wunks is got, 'At lives 'way deep in the ground, an' can Turn into me, er 'Lizabuth Ann! Ain't he a funny old Raggedy Man? Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man! The Raggedy Man--one time when he Wuz makin' a little bow-'n'-orry fer me, Says, "When you're big like your Pa is, Air you go' to keep a fine store like his-- An' be a rich merchant--an' wear fine clothes?-- Er what air you go' to be goodness knows!" An' nen he laughed at 'Lizabuth Ann. An' I says "M' go' to be a Raggedy Man! I'm ist go' to be a nice Raggedy Man! Raggedy! Raggedy! Raggedy Man!" James Whitcomb Riley