Collected by Max Hunter (H-6 )
For Mary C. Parler
Transcribed by Frances Majors
Reel 249, Item 4
Sung by Lucy "Pat" Edstrom
Hogscald Hollow, Arkansas
May 1, 1958
There was a fair and handsome lady
Who in London town did dwell;
She courted a fair and handsome soldie,
Who had lately crossed the sea.
Cold drops of rain fell just as it happened
Two true lovers chanced to meet;
Good morning, good morning, my pretty fair maiden,
And don't you think you could fancy me?
Oh, no, my love lies over the ocean
For he's lately crossed the sea.
Oh, describe him, pray, describe him,
Oh, describe him unto me;
Maybe I saw him and I knew him
For I've lately come from sea.
He was tall and he was handsome,
He was slender and very small;
He had dark hair and he wore it curly
Oh, those pretty blue eyes of all.
Oh yes, I saw him and I knew him,
And his name was William Hall;
I saw a French cannonball shot through him,
And to death he then did fall.
Oh, the screams and the cries of this young lady
Was then heard all over the town;
Saying, if Willie is dead and not a-living,
Oh, my God, I'll surely die.
William Hall (Cont'd)
Reel 249, Item 4 (Cont'd)
Cheer up, cheer up, my pretty fair lady,
And don't you weep any more for me;
Now convince you of my story,
Here's the ring that you gave me.
Oh, they clasped their hands and their hearts together,
And off to the preacher they did go;
And soon this couple was lawfully wedded,
Whether their parents were willing or no.
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