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“Young Edward, you look handsome now,
Your clothes looks neat and clean.
I haven’t saw you drink a drop.
Pray tell me a drunkard’s dream.”

“I dreamed I staggered home last night,
And sadly was the gloom.
My wife was gone, where could she be?
And strangers filled her room.

“I thought my baby said to me
‘Oh poppy, mama’s dead.
She will no longer hold to you
Or come when I want bread.’

“I dreamed I staggered where she lie
And kneeled down by her side.
I kissed her lips as cold as clay,
Was once so warm and bright.

“‘Wake up, wake up, my Mary dear,
So natural did it seem.
But praise to God forever more,
For sending me that dream.”


from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 1: From British Tradition, released August 7, 2023
Recorded by Mark Wilson and Annadeene Fraley, Ashland, KY, 3/73. Previously unissued.


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