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Bayou Sara(2)

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The Bayou Sara (2)

The Bayou Sara (2)

     Sol Matting he lied a-sleeping,
     Poor boy was sleeping so sound,
     When the fire took place in the deck-room
     The night the Bicera burned dowil.

     O! the Bicera she hollered,
     O! the Bicera she moaned;
     The City St. Louis did answer
     The night the Bicera burned down.

When she left St. Louis
She had five hundred men;
When she got to New Mattick
She hadn't but a hundred a@d teu.

Ain't that a pity,
Ain't it a sin and a shame,
The fire took place in the deck-room
The night the Bicera burned down.

The Bicera was a fine boat.
O! the Bicera she moaned;
But when she got to New Mattick
O! the Bicera was goue.

The Bicera was a fine boat,
Her smoke-stacks painted brown,
When the fire took place
(The Bicera burned down)

O! Sol Molting he whooped and he hollered,
Sol Molting he hollered so strong;
When the fire took place in the deck-room
Poor Sol Molting was gone.

The "Bayou Sara" was the queen of the Anchor Line fleet of river boats;
  It burned completely at the dock on December 5, 1885.

From Ballads and Songs, Belden
Collected by J.S.Ankeny from singing of old riverman, MO 1914
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