Collected by Mrs. Donia Cooper For Mary Celestia Parler Transcribed by Mrs. Donia Cooper
Sung by Mrs. Donia Cooper West Fork, Arkansas August 14, 1959
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While I was out walking for pleasure one day,
In sweet recreation to while time away.
As I sat amusing myself in the shade,
Oh who should come near me but a young Indian Maid.
She sat down beside me and taking my hand,
Says, “You are a stranger and in a strange land.
But if you will consent, sir, you’re welcome to come And stay with the Mohee in the hut she calls home.
The sun was fast sinking for over the blue sea When I wandered along with the little Mohee.
Together we wandered, together we roved
Till we came to the cottage in the coconut grove.
And this kind expression she made unto me,
“If you will consent, sir, to stay here with me,
And go no more roving upon the salt sea,
I'll teach you the language of the little Mohee."
“Oh, no, my dear maiden, that never can be,
For I have a true love for over the sea;
I'll never forsake her, for I know she loves me And her heart is as true as the little Mohee’s.“
It was early one morning, one morning in May,
That to this little maiden these words I did say,
“I am going to leave you. So, farewell, my dear;
My ship spreads are ready, and homeward I’ll steer."
The last time I saw her she stood on the sand And as my ship passed her, she waved her small hand, Saying, “When you return, sir, to the girl that you love, Remember the maiden in the coconut grove."
And when I had landed on my own native shore,
With friends and relatives around me once more,
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I gazed all about me, no one could I see,
That I could compare with my little Mohee.
And the girl that I’d trusted proved untrue to me;
So, I’ll turn my course backwards, far over the sea;
I'll turn my course backwards to the girl who loves me. I'll go spend my days with the little Mohee.
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