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The Sweet Trinity (The Golden VanHy)
Turkey Revelee because she remembers as a child feeling sad that a ship with so pretty a name as Golden Willow Tree had to be sunk.
i. There was a ship a-sailing the sea, That went by the name of the Turkey Revelee, As it sailed on the low and the lonesome below, As it sailed on the lonesome sea.
2. They hadn't been sailing but two weeks or three Till they were overtaken by the Golden Willow Tree, As it sailed on the low and the lonesome below, As it sailed on the lonesome sea.
5. "I have houses, I have land And I have a daughter at your command, Jf you'll sink her in the low and the lonesome below, If you'll sink her in the lonesome sea."
4. He turned on his breast and swimming went he Till he came up to the Golden Willow Tree, And he sank them in the low and the lonesome below, And he sank them in the lonesome sea.
(Two stanza ?, ; and 6, could not be recalledy but Mrs. Wrlson remembers that when the sailor returned, he was refused h/s reward).
7. He turned on his back and sinking went he, Bidding farewell to the Turkey Revelee, As he sank in the low and the lonesome below, As he sank in the lonesome sea.
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'The Merry Golden Tree." The song was recorded near Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, by Ruth Bagwell, a student in Lincoln Memorial University.
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