Collected for M.C.Parler Collected and transcribed by Sara Jo Fendley
Oxley, Ark., Jan.5, 1964 sung by Zona Evertts. learned from her sister Myrtle Fendley.
Reel 420, Item 6
XXI THE BALLAD OF LEE MILLS
Lee Mills is what they call my name and once without a murder stain but children hear the story told of how I came to be so bold
It was one bright and sunny day that Will Hardin, led me astray And caused me to commit a chrime for which I now am compelled to die
My mother dear, she's prayed for me her smiling face I'd like to see but death cold death has come at last and took her troubles from her breast
My little girl, we soon must part to see her tears, it breaks my heart but for to leave her here to cry I would, not care so much to die
Dear rowdy boys, don't be led astray and cause your days, to end this way and cause your dear old mother grief and on her forehead trouble heap
The time is up, I've got to go fare-well my friends, on earth below I hope to meet above the sky So now to all I'll say goodbye
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