Arkansas Sheik

from by Seznec Bros

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The Jagged Land CD comes in a beautifully designed digipack with all of the lyrics and info about every song, as well as gorgeous artwork by Antoine Corbineau.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Jagged Land via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Come all you Missouri gals, and listen to my noise 

Never you marry an Arkansas boy

If you do I’ll tell you what it’ll be

Cold cornbread, molasses and sassafras tea

When you go a-courting I’ll tell you how to dress

A buckskin hunting shirt and this is the best

An old flop hat with more brim than crown

An old pair of shoes with the heels run down

The first thing he does whenever he goes in
He takes a chew of tobacco and he slobbers on his chin
The first thing he says whenever he sits down

"Madam, ain’t your johnny-cake a-baking too brown?"

They milk a little brindle cow and sling it in a gourd

Put it in a corner and cover with a board
Some gets little and some gets none

And this is the way that the Arkansas is run

An old board roof and a puncheon floor
And old pole bedstead and an oak-board door
Sleeping on the slats with a handful of straw
Trying to get along with my mother-in-law

An old blind mule and an old milk cow
A razorback hog and a bull-tongue plow
He had his poke salad and his sassafras tea

But the Arkansas Sheik is a mystery to me

Now I’ve sung you all my song and I guess you’re glad it’s through

The Arkansas Sheik is a-feeling kind of blue

He got drunk and he took him to town

Cause the Arkansas girls turned his damper down


from Jagged Land, track released November 25, 2011
Cory Seznec - gourd banjo, vocals
Yann Seznec - guitar, vocals
Renaud Ollivier - calabash
Stephen Harrison - upright bass
Thomas Bailey - fiddle



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The Seznec Brothers are Cory and Yann. They really are brothers, though it may seem like an elaborate ruse to gain credibility. Cory lives in France. Yann lives in Scotland. When they meet up they make music. Sometimes they invite people to play with them. ... more

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