English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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The Cruel Mother
2   As she was going to her father's hall,
All down by the greenwood side, She saw three little babes a-playing ball. All down by the greenwood side.
3   One was Peter and the other was Paul,
All down, etc. And the other was as naked as the hour it was born. All down, etc.
4  O babes, O babes, if you were mine, I'd dress you in the silk so fine.
5   O mother, O mother, when we were young, You neither dressed us coarse nor fine.
6  You took your penknife out of your pocket, And you pierced it through our tender hearts.
7   You wiped your penknife on your shoe,
And the more you wiped it the bloodier it grew.
8   You buried it under the marble stone, You buried it under the marble stone.
9   The hell gates are open and you must go through, The hell gates are open and you must go through.
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