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James Harris
JAMES HARRIS (THE DAEMON LOVER) (Child, No. 243) Campbell and Sharp, No. 29, give eleven variants and tunes. Cox, No. 25, states that twenty-one variants have been found in West Virginia. Davis, No. 40, says that fifty-two texts and seven melodies have been found in Virginia. See also Barry, No. 11; Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, p. 304; Belden, No. 11; Hudson, No. 19; Pound, No. 17; Pound, Syllabus, p. 10; Sandburg, p. 66; Shearin, Sewanee Review, July, 1911; Shearin and Combs, p. 8; C. Alphonso Smith, Musical Quarterly, January, 1916; Reed Smith, The Traditional Ballad and Its South Carolina Survivals, No. 11; Reed Smith, South Carolina Ballads, No. 12. Note also the following in the Journal: Belden, XIX, 295; Kittredge, XX, 257; Barry, XXV, 274; Kittredge, XXX, 325; Tolman and Eddy, XXXV, 346; Pound, XXVI, 360; Henry, XLII, 274. Add Thomas, pp. 63,172; Brown, p. y;PTFLS, No. 10, pp. 159162.
"The House Carpenter." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Miss Ronie Johnson, Crossnore, Avery Country, North Carolina, July, 1929.
1. "Well met, well met, my own true love; Well met, well met," said he.
"I'm just returning from the salt, salt sea, And all for the love of thee.
2. "1 will come in but I won't sit down, For I haven't a moment's time;
I heard you were engaged to another young man And your heart is no longer mine."
3.  "Yes, come in and sit down And stay a while if you can;
I am married to a house carpenter, And I think he is a nice young man."
4. "If you will leave the house carpenter And come along with me,
We will go where the grass grows green On the banks of the deep blue sea in the land of
sweet Willie."

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