Collected by Patti Barrow Linda K. Wilson Dottie Rumph
Sung by Otis Williams Wesley, Arkansas May 2, 1962
For M.C. Parler
Transcribed by Linda Humphrey
Reel 421 Item 4
I had a dear companion,
But she's not with me now;
A lily of the valley Is waving o'er her brow
And I am sad and lonely And weeping all the day,
For bright-eyed, laughing little Nell Will n'er again set bay.
I loved a little beauty;
I thought it was my pride,
And with her close beside me,
My joys home to ride.
She'd laugh in tones so merry To see the waves go by,
And round her blew the stormy winds And murky was the sky.
One day from us she wandered And was within the boat;
The cord was quickly loosened And Kith the tide did float.
The ________ bark flew lightly
And swift before the wind,
'Til home and friends and all so dear Were many miles behind.
Next day her form all lifeless Was washed upon the beach;
I stood and gazed uponi it,
Bereft of sense or speech.
'Tis years since first we parted, Buthere I weep today,
For bright-eyed laughing little Nell Will n'er again set bay.Little Nell (continued)
Tol a tol a bel, a dol a don a day,
For lovely little Nell, so quickly passed a way. Tol a tol a bel, I said a mournful lay For bright-eyed laughing little Nell Will n'er a gain set bay.
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