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The song was recorded by Myrtle Deel, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, from the singing of Joel Boyd, Tenso, Virginia.
i. George Collins rode home one cold winter night; George Collins rode home so fine. George Collins rode home one cold winter night; But he took sick and died.
2. A fair young lady in father's house, A fair young lady so fine,
But when she heard that George was dead, She threw it down and cried.
3. "O daughter, don't weep, O daughter, don't moan; There's more pretty boys than one."
"But, mother dear, he has my heart, And now he's dead and gone."
4.  She followed him up, she followed him down, She followed him to his grave;
She fell upon her bended knees; She wept, she moaned, she prayed.
5. "Unscrew the coffin, lay back the lid, Roll over the linen so fine;
And let me kiss them pale cold lips For 1 know they'll never kiss mine."
Obtained from Mrs. Ewart Wilson, Pensacola, North Carolina. Mrs. Wilson knew the theme of the ballad, but could remember only two of the lines.
George Collins rode home on a winter night
And he took sick and died.

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