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I am a young sportsman, never yet been taunted.
I always had money and plenty when I wanted.
Courting these fair ladies, I know it was my folly.
My life I would adventure for you, my dearest Molly,
With your much-a-ring-around
Right to my loddy (2)
For there’s whiskey in the jar.
As I was a going across King’s Mountain,
I met Captain Devin, and his money he was counting.
First I pull my pistol and then I pull my saber,
Saying, “Stand and deliver, for I am your bold deceiver.“
I picked up his gold, feeling gay and jolly,
I picked up his gold, took it home to Lottie.
Told her all about it, thought she never would deceive me,
But the devil’s in the women and they never can be easy.
I went to Molly’s chamber for to take a slumber.
I went to Molly’s chamber cold, wet, and hungry.
I lay down to take a nap, not thinking any matter.
She discharged both my pistols and filled them full of water.
Next morning very early, between six and seven,
There I was surrounded for killing Captain Devin.
I reached for my pistol and found I was mistaken,
For my pistol was discharged and a prisoner I was taken.
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