Collected and transcribed by Sung by Mrs. Allie LongParker
Mary Celestia Parler Hog Scald Holler, Arkansas
April 7, 1958
Reel 300, Item 1
I'm just returned from London when I heard this happy news,
And I'll relate it over if you will not refuse,
It's of a jolly sailor boy, a jov'al hearted lad,
Who met with a fair damsel, whose count'nance looked so sad.
Said he, "My pretty fair one, what makes you look so sad?"
She answered him very modestly, without a smile or frown,
"It's all for my true lover, he left me here to mourn,
He left me in all a token, he never would return."
"Prehaps, kind miss, I saw your love when last I was at sea,
And I'll describe him unto you, if you will marry me,
He's handsome in every feature, for courage he don't like (lack), He's like some darting sparrow whenever he turns his back.
"He sailed aboard the Rainbow, a mate for Captain Low,
If his name be Johnny German, he died five months ago."
She wring her lily-white hands and the tears rolled down her
A-grieving and lamenting, and not a word would speak.
She went into her bed-chamber, and there alone did lie, A-grieving and lamenting and wishing she could die.
I turned my back upon her and straightway I did go,
I dressed myself in scarlet-red, and back in haste did come "Arise, my pretty fair one, leave all your fears behind,
Leave off your soul's lamenting, and comfort you shell find."
"Cruel-hearted Johnny German, how could you treat me so?"
"I did it just to try your love, to see if it was true.
You're truer than the turtle-dove, you're sweeter than the rose, You remind me of some flower where love and beauty grows."
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