JORDAN IS A HARD ROAD TO TRABEL
Composed by OLD DAN EMMET
Published 1882 by Oliver Ditson, Original Copyright ca. 1853

1.
I just arrived in town, for to pass de time away,
And I settled all my bisness accordin',
But I found it so cold when I went up de street,
Dat I wish'd I was on de odder side ob Jordan.

[Chorus]
So take off your coat, boys and roll up your sleeves,
For Jordan is a hard road to trabel;
So take off your coat, boys,
And roll up your sleeves, for Jordan is a hard road to trabble I believe.

2.
I look to the East,I look to the West,
And I see ole Massa acomin',
With four bay horses hitch'd up in front,
to tote his money to de odder side ob Jordan.

3.
David and Goliath both had a fight,
A cullud man come up behind 'em,
He hit Goliath on de head wid a bar of soft soap,
And it sounded to de odder side ob Jordan.

4.
If I was de legislator ob dese United States,
I'd settle de fish question accordin',
I'd give de British all de bone and de Yankees al de meat
And stretch de boundary line to de odder side ob Jordan