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10. "Yes, I forsaked my house and land; Yes, I forsaked my baby; Yes, I forsaked my own landlord And gone with Black Jack Davy, And gone with Black Jack Davy."
ii. "You pull off those fine, finger gloves That's made of Spanish leather And give to me your lily white hand And we will part forever, And we will part forever."
12. She pulled off her fine, finger gloves All made of Spanish leather;
She gave to him her lily white hand And they were parted forever, And they were parted forever.
13. "Last night I lay in a fine feather bed Besides my husband and baby;
But now I lay on the cold, cold ground With nothing but Black Jack Davy, With nothing but Black Jack Davy."
"Gypsy Davy." This fragment came as a result of a talk on ballads by the writer and the playing of Professor Greer's records on the Victrola at "The Pines," Branchville, N. J., May 25, 1930. Miss Mary H. Blair, 431 Broadway, Paterson, N. J., recalled and sang the following stanzas which she had learned as a child in North Carolina.
1.1 was a high born gentleman; She was a high born lady; We lived in a castle great and grand Till she met with Gypsy Davy.
2. Last night she slept in a goose-feather bed; Her arms were round her baby; But tonight she sleeps by the cold brook side In the arms of her Gypsy Davy.

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