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American Ballads and Folk Songs OLD BILL*
Tell ol' Bill, before he leaves home dis mornin', Tell ol' Bill, before he leaves home dis evening Tell ol' Bill before he leaves home, To let dem downtown coons alone Dis morning dis evening so soon.
Bill left by de alley-gate, dis morning
Bill left by de alley-gate, dis evenin',
Bill left by de alley-gate, but he couldn't escape dat thirty-eight,
Dis mornin5, dis evenin', so soon.
Bill's wife was a-makin' up bread, etc., When she got word that Bill was dead, etc.
Oh, no, dat cain' be so, etc.,
For Bill left home but an hour ago, etc.
*Tune and words from Carl Sandburg.
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