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/ Gave My Love a Cherry
3 3 5 (reprinted in Barry-Eckstorm -Smyth, p. 97). Mr. Barry writes (Nov. 14, 1931): "There is one more to add, a fragment with the air, from Vermont/' Captain Wedderburn's Courtship is a late ballad; the first record of it in print according to Motherwell is 1785. Child was never able to find a copy of this print.
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Obtained from Miss Mary Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1929.
1.1 gave my love a cherry without a stone; I gave my love a chicken without a bone; I gave my love a ring without an end; I gave my love a baby with no crying.
2. How can there be a cherry without a stone? How can there be a chicken without a bone ? How can there be a ring without an end ? How can there be a baby with no crying ?
3. A cherry, when it's blooming, it has no stone; A chicken, when it's pipping, it has no bone; A ring, when it's rolling, it has no end;
A baby, when it's sleeping, has no crying.
B
"Riddle Song." The song was recorded near Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, by Ruth Bagwell, a student in Lincoln Memorial University.
1.1 gave my love a cherry without any stone; I gave my love a chicken without any bone; I gave my love a thimble without any ring; I gave my love a baby without afly crying.
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