Collected by M.C. Parler and Electa Smith Transcribed by Linda Humphrey
Sung by Bea Jones Rt. 1 Springdale, Ark. Feb. 6, 1964
Reel 438 Item 2
Jimmy and Nancy
I'll tell to you a story That happened here of late,
'Twas of a brisk young lady
That fell in love with her school mate.
They loved each other dearly;
They loved each other well,
But the fair young lady's fortune Did the young man's far excel.
Young Jimmy said to Nancy,
"I am a farmer's son,
And for the loving of you,
I fear I am undone.
Your father will convict me,
My dear, for loving thee,
And I fear he may convey me To some foreign country."
Young Nancy said to Jimmy,
"Why do you thus complain?
If it is your fortune To cross the raging main For riches and for honor,
You will gain and victory,
And the God of Love will guide you And send you back to me."
The old man, finding out,
Sent for Nancy straight away,
Saying, "Nancy, dearest Nancy,
What is this that you say?
Your riches and your fortune To you are all unknown,
So how can you fall in love With Jimmy, the farmer's son?"
Young Nancy stood a-trembling And fell upon her knees;
"Hold out the golden scepter,
Dearest father, if you please,
For my riches and my fortune Do all belong to me,
So be gracious, dearest Father,
To Jimmy and to me."The old man stood amazed To see his daughter's grief,
And on the couple gazed To find out some relief,
Saying, "Jimmy, prove yourself And go along the sea And try to make your fortune Before we can agree."
Then off of her finger She pulled a diamond ring;
The promise was remembered By the closing of her name.
"Take this ring as a token While you are on the sea That my poor heart is broken 'Till you return to me."
Yonng Jimmy to the sea has gone With courage, sgrong and bold,
To try to make his fortune Of some silver and some gold. Young Jimmy long did tarry,
And she did thus complain Because he was compelled To cross the raging main.
The old man said to Nancy,
"Why don't you thus agree?
I have a match more suitable With John of Brisk Comfree. Tomorrow is the wedding day I have appointed here,
So be ready, dearest Nancy,
And gallantly appear."
That very night she mourned,
And young Jimmy came on shore With Spanish gold and silver,
He had a noble store,
And all things being quiet,
And Jimmy busy were,
Inquiring of his friends And all the neighbors there.
Said Jimmy to the landlady,
"One thing I long to hear.
Is pretty Nancy married yet,
That lovely lady fair?"
The landlady stood a-smiling And then she did declare, "Tomorrow is the wedding day; We're all invited there."
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Young Jimmy to the lodging went But he did take no rest,
And early the next morning He went among the rest.
He went into the wedding house With compliments so fine,
Saying, "We're all invited here To drink the best of wine."
Young Jimmy, he was dressed Like an English Lord should be, And in among the rest Was John of Brisk Comfree.
He filled up a glass
And in it dropped the ring;
He took it on to Nancy To drink the glass with him.
She drank out the wine And astonished was she,
Saying, "Here's the diamond ring That Jimmy got fro me.
Come noble sir, come twll me,
I long to hear what's past,
For this ring was given, a token, As long as life should last."
"If Jimmy's killed in battle, Pray hide it not from me."
"Be easy, dearest Nancy,
You gave that ring to me."
She fixed her eyes upon him,
And instantly she knew.
She cried, "My darling Jimmy," And into his arms she flew.
(This is an English song that was passed down from her grandfather who came from England.)
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