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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Sweet Betsy got up in a great deal of pain And declared she'd go back to Pike County again j Then Ike heaved a sigh and they fondly embraced, And she traveled along with his arm round her waist.
They went to Salt Lake to inquire the way, And Brigham declared that sweet Betsy should stayj But Betsy got frightened and ran like a deer, While Brigham stood pawing the earth like a steer.
The wagon tipped over with a terrible crash,
And out on the prairie rolled all sorts of trash j
A few little baby clothes done up with care
Looked rather suspicious, but it was all on the square.
One morning they climbed a very high hill, And with wonder looked down on old Placervillej Ike shouted and said, as he cast his eyes down, "Sweet Betsy, my darling, we've got to Hangtown."
Long Ike and sweet Betsy attended a dance, Where Ike wore a pair of his Pike County pants j Sweet Betsy was covered with ribbons and rings, Said Ike, "You're an angel, but where are your wings?"
A miner said, "Betsy> will you dance with me?" "I will that, old hoss, :f you don't make too freej But don't dance me hard. Do you want to know why? Doggone ye, I'm chock-full of strong alkali."
Long Ike and sweet Betsy got married of course, But Ike, getting jealous, obtained a divorce} And Betsy, well satisfied, said with a shout, "Good-by, you big lummox, I'm glad you backed out."
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