Collected and transcribed by Mary Celestia Parler
Sting by Harrison Burnette Fayetteville, Arkansas July 3, 1958
Reel 292, Item 7
The Girl I Left Behind
My parents treated me tenderly They had no boy but me;
My mind being bent on rambling,
Which proved to be unkind,
To leave my aged parents And never no more return.
I asked my girl if she would consent For me to cross the sea;
Or if she would prove true to me Till I return again;
She said she would prove true to me Till death did prove unkind;
So we shuck hands and parted,
I left my girl behind.
So I struck out for some futherin country Newbrasky for to see,
Wheres trade and money was plenty,
The girls were kind to me;
While money and trade were plenty And the girls to me were kind,
But I never never shall forget That girl I left behind.
As I came in from work one evening All on St. James's Square,
I was standing by the gate-post When the mail-boy met me there,
He handed me a letter,
Some news to understand,
That the girl I left behind me Had married another man.
In reading this letter some further down I found this news be true,
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I turned myself around and about,
For I didn't know what to do;
Good neighbors, I will give over,
Bad company I'll design,
I'll spend the rest of my days in rambling From that girl I left behind.
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