Elly Sue fell in love,
And she planned to marry Joe.
She was so happy 'bout it
And she told her pappy so.
Pappy told her, "Elly,
Ya'll have to find another...
I'd just as soon ya maw don't know,
But Joe is yo' half-brother."
So Elly said so long
And went to marry Will.
But, when she told her pappy this,
He said "That's trouble still!"
"You cain't marry Will,
And please don't tell yo' mother,
Cause Will and Joe and Bubba too,
They all is yo' half-brother!"
But she went to Maw,
who smiled and said,
"Hon, you do what makes you happy.
You kin marry Will or marry Joe,
Cause you ain't no kin to Pappy!!!"