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Pretty Little Miss As I walked down by the river I met a nice young girl, I said to her, "My pretty fair miss, Won't you sit with me a while?" "O no, kind sir she answered me O no, kind sir, I am too young," "The younger you are the better for me For I want a wife and son." He took her by the lily-white hand He kissed her cheek and chin, He took her to his own bedroom And there the trouble begin. In the middle of the night when the moon shone so bright The moon shone bright and clear, The young man rose, put on his clothes Saying,"Fare yu well, my dear." "Oh that's not the promise you made to me When you lay on my breast, You tried to make me believe by your false tongue That the sun rose in the west." "Go home to your father's garden Sit down and cry your fill, And when you think of all you have done Just blame your own free will." "There's other farmers' daughters To the market they can go, While poor me must stay at home And rock the cradle, O" "And rock the cradle, O, my dear And sing the baby bye, I wnder if there ever was another So easy one as I." "There is an herb in father's garden And some they call it rue, The fish will die (dive?), the swallow will fly But a man will never be true." "Come all you fair and handsome girls, A warning take by me, Don't ever trust your own true love An inch above your knee." "He'll hug you and kiss you He'll roll you all about, Then he'll leave you as I were left To roll the baby out." From English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, Sharp Collected from Mrs. Delie Knuckles, KY 1917 DT #500 Laws P18 RG oct96
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