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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.
"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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