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Imaginary Trouble There lived, as I've heard say Down by a running water, An old man and his wife Who had a charming daughter. One night Kate said to John "I've had a troubled fancy, I heard the waters roar And thought upon our Nancy." "If Tom and Nance should wed And such a thing there may be Their marriage might bring about A prattling little baby." "When that dear babe could walk And just begin to waddle Perchance he might come hear And in the water paddle." "I know he will be drowned I hear those waters calling, O pretty sweet baby." And both began a-bawling. No doubt it was but fate That brought those lovers walking To where old John and Kate Were a-sighing and a-talking. They all sat on the green While Katie told her fancy How they did weep and wail Tom, old man, Kate and Nancy. They all went crying home Tom, old man, wife and daughter Each night the ghost doth come And cries upon the water. From Traditional American Folk Songs, Warner and Warner Collected from Lena Bourne Fish, 1940. RG
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