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Bonny Barbara Allen
5. "Yes, I remember in yonders town We were a-drinking:
I hand a drink to all the young ladies And slighted Barbara Allen."
6.  Slowly, slowly she got up, Slowly she went from him.
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"Barb'ra Allen." The song was recorded from the singing of Dora Testerman, a student at Lincoln Memorial University, "who lives far back in the Cumberland Mountains."
i. In London City where I did dwell,
There's where 1 git my learning; 1 fell in love with a pretty young girl; Her name was Barb'ra Allen.
2. 1 courted her for seven long years;
She said she would not have me; Then straightway home as I could go And liken to a-dying.
3.1 wrote her a letter on my death bed; I wrote it slow and moving: "Go, take this letter to my own true love, And tell her I am dying."
4. She took the letter in her lily white hand; She read it slow and moving: "Go, take this letter back to him, And tell him I am coming."
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III