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No. 4
The Two Sisters
Pentatonic. Mode 3.
Sung by Mrs. Jane Gentry at Hot Springs, N. C, Sept, 11, 1916 (a)
We'll take it and we'll make harp strings. We'll take them and we'll make harp screws.
2   She picked her up all in her strong arms And threwed her sister into the sea.
3   O sister, O sister, give me your glove, And you may have my own true love.
4  O sister, O sister, I'll not give you my glove, And I will have your own true love.
5   O sister, O sister, give me your hand, And you may have my house and land.
6  O sister, O sister, I'll not give you my hand, And I will have your house and land.
7   O the farmer's wife was sitting on a .rock, Tying and a-sewing of a black silk knot.
8   O farmer, O farmer, run here and see What's this a-floating here by me.
9   It's no fish and it's no swan,
For the water's drowned a gay lady.
10  The farmer run with his great hook And hooked this fair lady out of the sea.
11   O what will we do with her fingers so small ? We'll take them and we'll make harp screws.
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