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Sweet Fern

Spring[D]time is coming, sweet lonesome bird,

your [A]echo in the [A7]woodland I [D]hear.

 Down in the meadow so lonesome your singing,

while the [A]moonlight is [A7]shining so [D]clear.

But I [G]know he's away in a [D]far distant land,

a [A]land that is over the [D]sea.

Go fly to him singing your sweet little song.

and [A]tell him to [A7]come back to [D]me.

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Sweet [D]fern, sweet fern, sweet fern, sweet fern,

oh [A]tell me, is my [A7]darling still [D]true.

Sweet fern, sweet fern, sweet fern, sweet fern,

I'll [A]be just as [A7]happy as [D]you.

 

Oh, tell me sweet fern, is he thinking of me,

and the promise he made long ago.

He said he'd return from over the sea,

oh why do the years roll so slow.

I know he's away in a far distant land,

a land that is over the sea.

Go fly to him singing your sweet little song.

and tell him to come back to me.

 

Sweet fern, sweet fern, sweet fern, sweet fern,

oh tell me, is my darling still true.

Sweet fern, sweet fern, sweet fern, sweet fern,

I'll be just as happy as you.

 

Upon my finger he placed a small ring

on the day he was leaving his home .

I promised I'd be his own little girl,

and love him wherever he'd roam.

I know he's away in a far distant land,

a land that is over the sea.

Go fly to him singing your sweet little song.

and tell him to come back to me.

 

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