The Old Man is Always Right

He went off to market one day with our horse
A nice horse, but no use to us
He traded the horse for a cow that he saw
The old man is always right

The cow will give us lots of milk
And cheese to keep us full
He traded the cow for a sheep that he saw
The old man is always right

The sheep would have given us wool for clothes
To keep us warm at night
He traded the sheep for a goose he saw
The old man is always right

My wife always wanted a goose, he said
We can raise it by the pond
He traded the goose for chicken he saw
The old man is always right

We can have a flock of chickens, he said
With eggs to keep or sell
He traded the chicken for apples gone bad
The old man is always right

The bag of apples he left by the fire
When he stopped at the inn for a drink
The others there told him that was quite mad
The old man is always right

He bet them his wife would be happy with all
They bet him with gold he was wrong
He led them all back to his farm
The old man is always right

He told his wife his tale of swaps
With each one he grew happier
When he gave her the apples she exclaimed with pride
“The old man is always right!”

The others paid up for they’d lost the bet
And now the man and his wife had much gold
The story ends here, and it’s clear to see
The old man is always right

Where there’s love and trust between two folk
No matter the outcome of deeds
The answer is clear for all to see
The old man is always right.

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