Coll. by Parler Mr. Albert Sallee
Vian, Oklahoma April 20, 1960
Reel 364, Item 6
The Girl I Left Behind
I once did have a lover Pretty Molly was her name,
I asked her if she'd be satisfied For me to cross the plain,
She said that she'd prove true to me Till I returned again.
We kissed, shook hands, and parted,
And I left that girl behind,
Oh, we kissed, shook hands, and parted,
And I left that girl behind.
I pulled out for Mexico Strange faces for to see,
Oh, I then pulled out for Mexoco,
To ramble I was bound,
Well, as I rode out one evening To view the public square,
The mail coach arriving And I met the postboy there,
Oh, the mail coach arrived And I met the postboy there.
Well, he handed me a letter That give me to understand Thatb the girl I'd left behind me Had married another man.
I handed him back the letter
As though I'd read it through
Oh, I turned my body round and about,
For I knowed not what to do,
Oh, I turned my body around and about For I knowed not what to do.
It was only the day before I left It was in this book she wrote That she'd be mine and only mine She wrote it o'er and o'er,
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The Girl I Left Behind Reel 364, Item 6 Continued
There was Miss Maggie Walker Both modest, neat, and kind,
Said if you will agree to marry with me And never rove no more Your pockets shall be loaded Hard labor you have o'er
But if I was to 'gree to marry with you And never rove no more,
My old friends and sweethearts Would look on me with shame,
But I'll go and visit my parents Before we do resign,
And I'll bid adieu, alas, adieu,
To the girl I left behind.
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