English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 87
John Hardy
2   John Hardy's father was a-standing round, Pray John, what have you done ?
I've killed me a man in the Shunny Camps, This day I'm condemned to be hung, I do know, This day I'm condemned to be hung.
3   I've been to the river and I've been baptized, I've rambled this wide world through;
I'm standing on the hanging ground, I'm standing on the hanging ground.
4  John Hardy's mother was a-standing round, Pray Judge, what has he done ?
He's killed him a man in the Shunny Camps, This day he's condemned to be hung, poor boy, This day he's condemned to be hung.
5   John Hardy's brother was a-standing round. O John, what have you done ?
I've killed my partner for fifty cents,
For the sake of my blue eyed girl, I do know,
For the sake of my blue eyed girl.
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