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The Loving Girl Adieu, my loving girl, adieu, It wounds my heart to part with you The time has come for me to go Therefor your mind I wish to know. I'll go away an' leave you here, Although you are to me most dear, You loved me first, or I thought so, Now my dependence I don't know. Another place I seek to find, An' always have you in my mind, For you I never can forget, Though I will pine an' never fret. You loved me first, I do believe, An' thought you never could deceive, But by some accidental tale To fill your promise you did fail. You have another in your view, I hope to him you will prove true, An' recollect that only love That will one happiness approve. So then adieu, my lovin' girl, Though ties of love I can't unfold, I'll be at peace an' bear in mind The lovin' girl I left behind. From Ozark Folk Songs, Randolph Collected from Georgia Laughlin, MO 1929 RG
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