Christy's Plantation Melodies

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PLANTATION MELODIES
Chorus and Repeat. Nelly was a lady,
Last night she died ; Toll de bell for lubly Nell, My dark Virgirmy bride.
Now I'm unhappy and I'm weeping, Can't tote de cotton-wood no more;
Last night, while Nelly was a sleeping, Death came a knocking at de door.
Chorus and Repeat. Nelly was a lady, &c.
When I saw my Nelly in de morning Smile till she opened up her eyes,
Seem'd like de light ob day a dawning, Jist 'fore de sun begin to rise.
Chorus and Repeat. Nelly was a lady, &c.
Close by de margin ob de water,
Whar de lone weeping willow grows,
Dar lib'd Virginny's lubly daughter, Dar she in death may find repose.
Chorus and Repeat, Nelly was a lady, &c.
Down in de meadow 'mong de clober* Walk wid my Nelly by my side}
Now all dem happy days am ober, Farewell, my dark Virginny bride.
Chorus and Repeat. Nelly was a lady, &c.