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Daniel Sullivan My name is Daniel Sullivan, I am a righteous man; I write a saucy warning-pray take no knife in hand; I write a saucy warning for all young men to mind- When you get into a passion, I pray remember mine. When I was a baby small, my mother she had a dream; She dreamed she saw me hanging all on the gallows tree; She dreamed she saw me hanging all on the gallows high; 'Twas in some foreign country, no friends to see me die. Oh, when I sit a-thinking of the dreadful deed I've done, A-taking the life of a nice young man, a mother's only son I have no friends or relations, no one to take pity on me; 'Tis of my roving family, I know not where they be. Oh, when I got my sentence, I was put into jail; I called for pen and paper, that I might sit and write; I wrote all day with tearful eyes, till my letter it was full; I sent it to my brother, who lived in Liverpool. I have a loving sister, to me she was always kind, And when she comes to hear of this, she'll go out of her mind; Likewise a loving sweetheart, but alas! we must part, For death makes alterations, and love must be forgot. There's just one quest I ask of you, just bear it in your mind: To bury me in the green churchyard, beside of young O'Brien, To bury me in the green churchyard, alongside his lonely bed; Ten thousand will be standing round, when I am hanging dead. Oh, now I'm on the gallows, my age is twenty-two, I bid farewell to father and mother, to brothers and sister too, I bid farewell to father and mother, to brothers and sister too; I'm going away to leave you, the world I bid adieu. Laws E22 DT #833 From Barry, Maine Woods Songster Collected from Herbert Merry of Thorndyke Maine RS, SOF apr97
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