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Ballads and Songs
12. "If it wasn't for the love That I have for your men, I'd do unto you
As I've done unto them;
I would sink you in the lonesome Lowlands low,
I would sink you in the lonesome sea."
13. He bowed to his breast And away swum he. He bidden farewell to The Merry Golden Tree,
As he sunk in the lonesome Lowlands low, As he sunk in the lonesome sea.
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"The Golden Willow Tree." Recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. Ewart Wilson, Pensacola, North Carolina, August 1, 1930. "The Long Brown Path" in The New York EveningPost (p. 7) for August 22, 1930, has the following account: "Our unique experience came last Thursday when we sought out "Big Tom" Wilson' splace on Cane River at the western base of Mount Mitchell. The road will not appear on the maps. Finding no one at home, we drove four miles to Ewart Wilson's, "Big Tom's" grandson. The wife of Ewart Wilson is one of the brightest, keenest and best educated women we have ever found in the mountains. We soon got her interested in singing and ended with a bag of more than a dozen songs, three of them traditional ballads of the rarest kind." For the story of "Big Tom" Wilson, the great hunter of the Black Mountains and the man who led the search for Professor Mitchell at the time that he lost his life while taking observation on the mountains, see "The Saga of the Carolina Hills" by Hodge Mathes in The Christian Observer, July 9, 1930. Also see "Ewart Wilson's Road Building Feat Astounds. Remarkable Mountaineer Tells of Father's Unique Career" by Ida Briggs Henderson in The Sunday Citizen, Asheville, N. C, July 20, 1930. The father's name is Adolph ("Dolph") and he and his wife still maintain a mountain inn at Pensacola, N. C. "Dolph" came to his son's home during the course of the evening and gave interesting information about the mountain people. Mrs. Ewart Wilson remembers her mother's singing this song when she was a child. She says that she is sure that the ship that was sent to the bottom was the Golden Willow Tree and not the
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III