English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 12
Young Beichan A
2   He first blowed East and then blowed West, And he blowed down to the Turkish land. The Turks they got him and so sadly used him, To love his life he was quite wearied.
3   They bored a hole in his left shoulder And nailed him down unto a tree.
They gave him nothing but bread and water, And bread and water but once a day.
4  The Turks they had but one fair daughter, As fair a one as you should see.
She stole the keys of the prison strong
(or, She stole the jail keep from her father) And vowed Lord Bacon she would set free.
5   She said : Have you got any land or living, Or have you any dwelling free ?
Would you give it all to a prince's daughter If she would set you free ?
6  Then he says: I've got a land and living And I have got a dwelling free,
And I'll give it all to you, (my), pretty creature, If you will do that thing for me.
7   She went on to her master's cellar And from her father stole a jail key.
She opened the dungeon both deep and wide, And vowed Lord Bacon she would set free.
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