Collected by Marvin Wallace For Mary C. Parler Transcribed by Frances Majors
Sung by Buck Buttery Lincoln, Arkansas August 19, 1958
Reel 281, Item 12
Black Jack Davey (Child No. )
Oh Black Jack Davey crossed a field, Whistling the tune of woolsey;
A purty little girl met him at the door With a glass of vine before her,
With a glass of wine before her.
Pretty little Black Jack Davey, she said, We’ll drink this wine together,
Speak a word or two of love And ride the trail together,
Ride the trail together.
Well, go pull off those high top shoes That’s lined with Spanish leather;
Go put on your low heeled boots And away we’ll go together;
And away we’ll go together.
So she pulled off her high top shoes That’s lined with Spanish leather;
She put on her low heeled boots And away they went together;
And away they went together.
When her husband he came in that night Inquiring for his lady,
Two little babies crying out loud,
She's gone with Black Jack Davey;
She's gone with Black Jack Davey.
Well, he caught out his iron grey horse That was so young and gazy;
He rode all day and he rode all night Till he overtook his lady,
Overtook his lady.
Have you forgotten your house and home? Have you forgotten your husband?
Have you forgot those two little babies To go with Black Jack Davey?.
To go with Black Jack Davey?Black Jack Davey (Cont'd) Reel 281, Item 12 (Cont'd)
Yes, I have sorsaken my house and home;
I have forsaken my loved ones.
I have forsaken those two little babes;
I'll go with Black Jack Davey,
To with Black Jack Davey.
Last night you slept on a soft feather bed; The pillow was white and downy.
Tonight you'll sleep on the cold, damp ground And the wolves will howl all around you.
The wolves will howl all around you.
Last night I slept on a soft feather bed;
The pillow was white and downy.
Tonight I'll sleep on the cold damp ground With Davey's arms around me,
With Davey's arms around me.
He mounted on his iron grey horse,
That was so young and gazy;
He rode back home to rock his babes And dream of his lady,
And dream of his lady.
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