Collected by Judy Kinslow and Alan Rennick for M.C. Parler.
Sung by Holly Hodges Prairie Grove, Ark. December 4th, 1960
Reel 367, Item 3
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A fair young miss out in the garden A handsome sailor passing by
Saying pretty little miss will you marry a soldier Saying pretty little miss will you marry I?
Oh no, no, no, have a true love across the waters
Been gone from me for seven years
And if he stays away for seven year longer
No man on earth can marry me.
Perhaps your true lover is drownded Or maybe he's on some battle field slain Or maybe he's to some pretty girl married And you might never see him again.
Oh if he's drownded I hope he's happy Or if he's on some battle field slain Or if he's to some pretty girl married I'll love the girl that married him.
He drew his hands both out of his pockets His fingers being slim and small Saying here's a ring that you did gave me Down at his feet this maid did fall.
I love my father and I love my mother I love my brothers, my sisters too And I love all of my relation But I'll leave them all and go with you.
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