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2. My papa will shoe my pretty little feet; My mama will glove my hand; No one will kiss my rosy cheeks; No one will be my man.
The song was recorded by Dora Testerman, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, who learned it from her parents. Stanzes 2, 5, and 6 are from "The True Lover's Farewell.,, Cf. Sharp, No. 61.
1. Oh, who will shoe your pretty little feet,
And who will kiss your ruby lips, And who will kiss your ruby lips,
When I've gone to the foreign land ?
2. Farewell, farewell, my pretty maid,
Fare thee well for a while, For I'm going away ten thousand miles, Ten thousand miles from here.
3. Who will shoe your bonny feet,
And who will glove your hand ? Who will kiss your red, rosy lips, While I'm in some foreign land ?
4. My father will shoe my bonny little feet;
My mother will glove my hand; But my red, rosy lips shall go wanting Till you return again.
5. You know a crow is a coal, coal black
And turns to a purple blue, And if ever I prove false to you
I hope my body will melt like dew.
6.1 love you till the seas run dry
And rocks dissolve by the sun; 1*11 love you till the day I die,
And then you know I'm done.

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