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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 131
They put the rope around my neck and drew me very
high, They put the rope around my neck and drew me very
high, And the words I heard sayin' was, "It won't be long
till he'll die, It won't be long till he'll die."
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' THE BAGGAGE COACH AHEAD
On a dark and stormy night as the train rolled on # All passengers gone to bed, Y* i Except a young man with a babe on his arm (2_ >
Sat sadly with bowed down head;> Just then the babe commenced crying r>
As though its poof heart "would break, g One, angry man said, "Make that child stop its noise, / "
For it's keeping us all awake.", t "Put it out," said another, "Don't keep it in here; Gr
We've" paid for our berth and want re&t.'frj But never a word said the man with the child, /
As he fondled it close to his-breast. fc " 0 where is its mother? Go take it to her,",J
One lady then softly said. }\ "I wish that I could," was the man's sad reply. j_
"But she's dead in the coach ahead'.'ff\_