Coll. by M.C. Parler Mr. W'm Eden
Monte Ne, Ark.
January 29, 1960
Reel 344, Item 2.
The Girl I left behind Me
(Before the tape starts, he told me that he knew a song, and he knowed who made it. I turned the machine on at this point.)
WE: There was two brothers of, they was good lawyers. Wythe Walker and Voll Walker. Well now, old Dave Walker was their daddy, there in Fayetteville.
Weil now, this feller married Mary Walker, that composed this song that I know.
MCP: Well, let's hear it.
My parents they raised me tenderly,
They had no boy but me,
My mind was bent on rousing,
From them I strayed away;
There was a wealthy old farmer Who lived not far close by,
He had a lonely daughter Toward I cast an eye.
She was pretty, tail, and handsome,
Most beautiful and fair,
There wasn't a girl in this country To her I could compare,
I asked if it mage any difference If I crossed over the plain, Likewise that she'd prove true to me Till I returned again.
She said it made no difference If I crossed over the plain; Likewise she said she'd prove true to me Till death should prove unkind;
We kissed, shook hands, we parted,
I left my gin behind.
I set sail for Texas,
For Johnston County I's bound,
("Parker County, I meant.")
I landed in Weatherford City,
The girls to me were kind,
The only object of my mind Was the girl I'd left behind.
-more-Reel 344, Item 2 Continued
As I quit work one evening,
Strolled down by George's Square,
The mail-coach lately arriving,
The driver met me there,
He handed to me a letter,
It give me to understand The girl I'd left behind me Had married another man,
So I proceeded a little fu'ther To see if this be true,
I turned myself right round and about,
Not knowing not next for to do.
'Twas on the Sunday before I left that girl It was on the Book she swore,
That she'd be mine and none but mine,
She vowed that o'er and o'er,
My pockets being empty,
Not much had I there gained,
So I set sail for Arkansas,
Strange faces for to see,
So I set sail for Arkansas Strange faces for to see,
I fell in love with Miss Mary Walker And her in love with me.
As we walked out one evening,
Says she to me, "Young man,
You'd better stay with me,
For the girl you left behind,"
Saying, "I always have upheld for you,
Whilst others on you have frowned;
I always have maintained you,
Whilst others have run you down.
"Your pockets now they are laden,
Hard work you may give o'er,
If you'll consent to marry me,
And say you'll rove no more,"
So now we air married,
I know it is all true,
I love Miss Mary, I tell you I do,
And I know that she loves me.
MCP: What was the name of the man that wrote it, that married
Mary Walker? Do you know?
WE: His name? He didn't tell his name in it. But he married, he married Miss Mary Walker.
MCP: Wonder what the name of the girl he left behind was.
WE: He never did tell.
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