Collected by Mary C. Parler Sung by Mrs. Aleta Garrison Jessup
For Mary C. Parler Little Rock, Arkansas
Transcribed by Frances Majors May 23, 1958
Reel 275, Item 1
It Was Early, Early, Early in the Morning
You ask what makes dis niggah cry,
What makes de teah-drop in his eye,
What cause it down his cheek to flow,
Mah dahlin's gone for evah mo'.
It wuz early, early, early in de mawning, An' de myrtle, an de ivy wuz in bloom;
An de sun on de hil-top wuz dawnin’,
'Twas then they laid her in de tomb.
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