English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 47
Awake! Awake! A
2   Say, my love, go ask your mother If you my bride, my bride shall be ;
And if she says No, love, come and tell me; It will be the last time I'll bother thee.
3   I'll not go and ask my mother, For she lies on her bed at rest, And in her hands she holds a paper That speaks the most of my distress.
4   Say, my love, go ask your father
If you my bride, my bride shall be ;
And if he says No, love, come and tell me;
It will be the last time I'll bother thee.
5   I will not go and ask my father, For he lies on his bed at rest,
And in his hands he holds a weapon To kill the man that I love best.
6   I'll go down in some lone valley
And spend my weeks, my months, my years, And I'll eat nothing but green willow, And I'll drink nothing but my tears.
7   Then come back, come back, my own true lover, Come back, come back, in grief cried she,
And I'll forsake both father and mother And I'll cry, love, and pity thee.
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