Mrs. T. M. Davis
February 28, 1951
Reel 93, Item 4
The Jealous Lover
(The Unconstant Lover)
(Learned from mother in Missouri.)
A-walking and talking, and a-walking I will go,
To meet my true lover, in the green valley low;
A meeting is pleasure, and parting is grief,
And a false-hearted lover is worse than a thief.
A thief will but rob you and take what he craves,
And a false-hearted lover will bring you to the grave.
In the grave you will moulder and turn into dust;
And where is there a young man that a poor girl can trust?
They will hug you and kiss you and tell you more lies
Than the sands of the seashore or the stars in the skies.
(Mr. Davis, how does your version differ?)
Mr. Davis: About the only difference, or the material difference at least,
is where her version says "a false-hearted lover" ours says "an
unconstant lover" and I noticed two or three other places, but I don't
recall right now where they were, unless I heard her sing it again.
("In the grave you will moulder"?)
Mr. Davis: Oh, yes:
Your grave will consume you and turn you to dust;
Now show me the young man a poor girl can trust.
(Sing some as you know it)
Mr. Davis: I don't think you could tell whether it was a motor running
or me tryin' to sing a song, if I tried to run through it. The tune was
something like this: (sang stanza above, different tune.) Don't think
I remember an entire verse.
(Where did you learn it?)
Mr. Davis: Middle Tennessee, in Stewart County; Old Fort Donaldson. It
was quite popular when I was a little boy back there.
Collected by Irene Carlisle
Transcribed by Mary C. Parler
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