Mary Celestia Parler;
November 5, 1954
Reel 213, Item 5
The Export Girl
'Twas in the town of Export; the town where I did dwell,
'Twas in the town of Export, I owned a flour mill,
I fell in love with a fine young girl with a dark and
I promised I would marry her if me she'd never deny.
Then I fell in love with another one, that I loved just
The devil put it in my head the first I loved to kill,
I said to her, "We'll take a walk out on the meadow
And little did I dream that I was goin' to take her life.
We walked along; we talked along, till we came to a
Then picking up a club of hedge, I knocked that fair
Then falling on her bended knee, "Oh, Lord, have mercy,"
"Oh, Willie dear, don't murder me here, for I'm not prepared
But little attention did I pay, I beat her only the more,
I beat her till the ground all round was in a bloody
Then I picked her up by the yellow locks, and I slung her
around and around,
I dragged her to the river side, and I threw her in to
"Lie there, lie there, you Export girl, lie there, lie
there," I cried,
"Lie there, lie there, you Export girl, for you never
shall be my bride."
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I reached my home at the midnight hour, and I fell across
I cried aloud, "Oh, Mother dear, come bathe my aching
"Oh, Willie dear, what have you done that there's blood
on your hand and clothes?"
And the answer that I gave to her was "bleeding at the
O, Lord, they're going to hang me; O, how I dread to die;
To be hung up before my friends between the earth and
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