Collected by M.C. Parler Transcribed by Bessie Atchley
Toll me one thing, tall me truly, Tell me why you scorn me so,
Tell me why when asked a question, You will always answer, "No."
No, sir. No, Sir, No, sir. N O- o-o-o-o, Sir.
No,sir. No, Sir, Ho, sir. No.
My father was a Spanish merchant And before he went to sea
He told me to be sure and answer
"No", to all you said to me.
If while walking in the garden Plucking flowers all wet with dew Tell as would you be offended,
If I walk and talk with you?
If while walking in the garden I should ask you to be mine And should tell you that I love you Would you then my heart decline?
Sung by Bessie Atchley Green Forest, Arkansas July 7, 1960
Reel 388, Item 3
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