Collected by Max Hunter (H-13)
For Mary C. Parler
Transcribed by Frances Majors
Sung by Fred Starr
October 15, 1958
Reel 257-58, Item 20
Willie Moore was young, he was scarce twenty-one,
When he courted a damsel fair;
Her eyes were like two diamonds bright, 1
And raven black was her hair.
He courted her both day and night
Until marry him she agreed;
But when he went to get her parents' consent,
They said this never could be.
But I love Willie Moore, she told herself,
Far better than I love my life;
I'd much rather die than to bear the thought
That I never could be his wife.
That very same night, sweet Annie disappeared,
And they searched the country around,
Till at length in a brook, near her father's home,
The body of Annie was found.
Her mother and her father live all alone;
One weeps while the other mourns;
And in front of the door is a little green mound
Where the body of Annie lies now.
Willie Moore scarcely spoke, that any one knew,
And at length from his home did part;
And at last heard of him, he was in Montreal,
Where he died of a broken heart.
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