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Oh, when I left old East Virginia
North Carolina I did roam.
There I courted a fair young lady
What was her name I did not know.

Her hair it was of a dark brown curly
Her cheeks they were a rosy red.
Upon her breast she wore white lilies
Oh, don't I wish that I was dead.

Her papa said that we might marry
Her momma said it would not do
So come here dear and I will tell you
I will tell you what I'll do.
On some dark night we'll take a ramble
I will run away with you.

For I'd rather be in some dark holler
Where the sun refused to shine
Than for you to be some other man's woman
Never on earth to call you mine.


from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 5: Grown on American Soil, released August 7, 2023
Recorded by Mark Wilson, Seattle, WA, 6/21/69. Previously unissued.


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