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The False Young Man As I walked out one morning in Spring For to hear the little birds sing, I leaned myself against an old oak tree For to see two lovers meet. For to see two lovers meet, my dear, And hear what they did say, That I might learn a little more of their mind Before l was forced away. Before I was forced away, Before I was forced away, That I might learn a little more of their mind Before I was forced away. Come in, come in, my old true love, And sit you down by me, For it has been three-quarters of a year Since together we have been. Since together we have been, my dear, Since together we have been, For it has been three quarters of a year Since together we have been. I can't come in, my old true love, For I ain't got a moment to stay, For I heard you give your heart to another young man, And I've no more time to stay. I've climbed as high a tree as there is, And l've robbed as rich a nest, And I've come down without e'er a fall, And I'll marry who I do love best. From English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, Sharp Collected from Mrs. Gabriel Coates, TN, 1916 RG
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