Collected by Oma Kilgore For Mary Celestia Parler Transcribed by Oma Kilgore
Sung by Oma Kilgore Fayetteville, Arkansas August 14, 1959 Reel 287-288, Item 5
A Fair Young Maiden
A fair young maiden standing in a garden A gay young soldier came riding by Saying, Would you marry a single soldier Who's just returning from the war?
I have a sweetheart in the army,
Who has been gone for seven long years,
And if he doesn’t return in seven years longer There is no man that can marry me.
Perhaps he's in the ocean drownded,
Or perhaps he's in some battlefield slain,
Or perhaps he's to some fair girl married,
An' you'll be lonesome a girl left behind.
Oh, if he's drownded I hope he's happy,
Or if he's in some battle field slain,
Or if he's to some fair girl married,
I love that girl that married him.
He run his hand down in his pocket,
His fingers bein' white an' small,
He drew a gold ring out between them,
Which caused this maid at his feet to fall.
Oh the screams and squalls of this young lady Was enough to prove to any man true,
Oh to convince you of this story Here is the ring that you gave to me.
He picked her up in his arms so fondly,
An' kisses give her one, two, three,
Sayin', Will you marry a poor single soldier Who has come so far to marry thee?
Yes, oh yes, she quickly answered,
Oh, has my love come back to me?
(Cont'd)A Fair Young Maiden Reel 287-288, Item 5 Continued
I thought that you had almost forgotten You had been gone so long from me.
So they joined their hands together,
And to the church they did go,
Where this young couple was lawfully married,
Whether the parents were willing or no.
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