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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Wish I had a nickel,
Wish I had a dime,
Wish I had a pretty lil gal,
For to kiss her an' call her mine.
Wish I was in Tennessee, Settin' in a big armcheer, One arm round my whisky jug, The other round my dear,
I climbed up the oak tree, She climbed up the gumj Never saw a pretty lil gal, But what I loved her some.
When I was a little girl I used to play with toysj But now I am a bigger girl I'd rather play with boys.
When I was a little boy I used want a knife j But now I am a bigger boy All I want is a wife.
THE GAL I LEFT BEHIND ME* A popular soldier songj also used in play parties.
If ever I travel this road again, And tears don't fall and blind me, I'm going back to Tennessee To the gal I left behind me.
* Publications of the Texas Folk-Lore Society, Vols. I md IL