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4. The sisters walked down to the river brim,
Bow'e down! The sisters walked down to the river brim,
Bow and balance to me! The sisters walked down to the river brim; The oldest pushed the youngest in.
I'll be true to my love,
If my love will be true to me.
5. Sister, O sister, lend me your hand,
Bow'e down!
Sister, O sister, lend me your hand,
Bow and balance to me!
Sister, O sister, lend me your hand;
I'll give to you my house and land. I'll be true to my love, If my love will be true to me.
6.  She floated down to the miller's dam,
Bow'e down!
She floated down to the miller's dam, Bow and balance to me!
She floated down to the miller's dam;
The miller pulled her safe to land. I'll be true to my love, If my love will be true to me.
7.  From off her finger he took five gold rings,
Bow'e down! From off her finger he took five gold rings,
Bow and balance to me! From off her finger he took five gold rings And then he threw her back in.
I'll be true to my love,
If my love will be true to me.
8.  They hanged the miller on a gallows so high,
Bow'e down! They hanged the miller on a gallows so high,
Bow and balance to me! They hanged the miller on a gallows so high, The oldest sister standing close by.
I'll be true to my love,
If my love will be true to me.
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III