MOLE IN THE GROUND

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MOLE IN THE GROUND

“I Wish I Was a Mole In the Ground” is a traditional American folk song. It was most
famously recorded and archived in the Library of Congress by Bascom Lamar Lunsford
in 1924. It has also been recorded by many other performers. As stated in his own words
within his recordings, Mr. Lunsford considered himself an archivist and never took credit
for this song or any songs he recorded. He traveled the western mountains of North
Carolina and learned this song from the “locals” as it was his goal and passion to archive
songs that he heard growing up for historical reference. The song is sometimes known by
one of its verses, “Tempie let your hair roll down”, and is the basis for the campfire song
“I Wish I Was a Little Bar of Soap”.
I wish I was a mole in the ground
I wish I was a mole in the ground
If I was a mole in the ground
I’d root that mountain down
I wish I was a mole in the ground
I wish I was a lizard in the spring
I wish I was a lizard in the spring
If I was a lizard in the spring
I could hear my darling sing
I wish I was a lizard in the spring
Kibby wants a nine dollar shawl
Kibby wants a nine dollar shawl
I come over the hill with a forty dollar bill
And it’s honey where you been so long
I wish I was a turtle in the pond
I wish I was a turtle in the pond
If I was a turtle in the pond
I would stay there all day long
I wish I was a turtle in the pond
and I wish I was a mole in the ground
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