Can you identify this folk song?
February 2, 2010 5:08 PM   Subscribe

My father-in-law just died. Over the last few days of his life, he was singing old folk songs. I did not hear him, but I still want to try and identify one of the tunes.

All I know about the song:

It's about a man in love with a fat woman. At one point the man puts his arms around the woman, and discovers that another man is hugging her from the other side.
It's from when he was a kid- he was 86 when he died.
posted by dogwelder to Media & Arts (2 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I got a gal who's mighty sweet
Big blue eyes and tiny feet
Her name is Rosabelle Magee
And she tips the scales at three-oh-three

Oh, gee, but ain't it grand to have a gal so big and fat
That when you go to hug her, you don't know where you're at
You have to take a piece of chalk in your hand
And hug a ways and chalk a mark to see where you began

One day I was a-huggin' and a-chalkin' and a-chalkin' and a-huggin' away
When I met another fella with some chalk in his hand
A-comin' around the other way over the mountain
A-comin' around the other way

Hoagy Carmichael [sound right?]

Sorry for your loss.
posted by jessamyn at 5:11 PM on February 2, 2010 [14 favorites]

Response by poster: Sounds like it! Thanks!
posted by dogwelder at 5:22 PM on February 2, 2010

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