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114 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
She (w)rung her hands and groaned and cried, And gnawed her tongue before she died, Her nails turned black, her voice did fail, She died and left this lower vale.
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(A) JOHNNY SANDS
A man whose name was Johnny Sands
Had married Betty Hague, And though she brought him gold and lands,
She proved a terrible plague. For 0 she was a scolding wife,
Full of caprice and whim, He said that he was tired of life,
And she was tired of him,
And she was tired of him.
Says he, "Then I will drown myself,
The river runs below." Says she, "Pray do, you silly elf,
I wished it long ago." Says he, "Upon the brink I'll stand,
Do you run down the hill And push me in with all your might."
Says she, "My love, I will."
Says she, "My love, I will."






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