Collected for M.C. Parler Collected and transcribed by Sara Jo Fendley
Mt. View, Ark., Jan. 4, 1964 sung by Raymond Sanders
accompanied by Doc Hollister on the guitar. Learned from his mother as a child.
Reel 419, Item 3
III THE SILVER DAGGER
A youth once courted a handsome lady he loved her as he loved his life he often vowed was his intention to make her his lawful and wedded wife
and when his parents came to know this they strove to part them day and night saying son oh son don't be so foolish for she's too poor to be your bride
and when this lady come to know this she quickly resolved what she would do she wandered false and left the city this pleasant place no more to view
she wandered down beside the river there she prepared herself for death saying here I am a youth on marriage and I must die in dark distress
Oh she pulled forth a silver dagger she plunged it through her snow white breast oh first she reeled and then she staggered saying my true love I'm going to rest
Her sweetheart being in the valley he thought he heard his love's own voice he ran'i ran like one distracted saying my true love I fear you lost
Oh he picked up the bloody body he turned it o'er in his arms saying neither man nor God can save you and you must die in all your charms
Oh he picked up the bloody dagger he plunged it through his own true heart saying let this be a lawful warning to all who keeps true loves apart
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