Collected by Mary C. Parler Mrs. Elsie Upton
Jasper, Arkansas May 31, 1959
Reel 309, Item 1
Come Old Dan Young (The Silver Dagger)
Come Old Dan Young, please lend attention To these few lines I’m about to write;
They are as true as was ever mentioned Concerning a true and a lawful wife
This young man courted a handsome lady,
He loved her as dear as he loved his own life And in his vows he had oft-time mentioned I’ll make her my true and my lawful wife.
This young man’s parents they came to know this,
And they decided what to do;
0 Son, 0 son, you are so foolish,
She is too poor, they would oft-times say.
Now this young girl she came to know this And decided what to do;
And then she went straightway from the village,
Its pleasant groves no more to view.
She took with her a silver dagger,
And pressed it to her snowy white breast;
O Love, O Love, ’tis sad to leave you;
Fare-ye-well, I’m a-going to rest.
Her truelove being the roadside near her,
He thought he heard his truelove's voice;
And then he started straightway to her,
Saying, Love, O Love, I’m afraid you’re lost.
He picked all up the bleeding body And he rolled it o’er in his arms,
Saying, neither gold nor silver can save you,
You’re lost, you’re lost, with all your charms.
He picked all up the bloody weapon,
And pressed it to his own true heart;
Saying, Let this be a woeful warning That no true lovers ever part.
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