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13. "Before I'd lie in your beds, I'd stay out in the street; For when I was a poor boy, My lodging I must seek.
14. "Now I have plenty money, I'll make the tavern hurl With a big bottle of brandy, And on my knee, a girl.
15. "Now, boys, if you have money, Pray, lay it up in store;
For without this companion You're kicked out the door."
See Hudson, No. 29; Pound, No. 93; Shearin and Combs, p. 27; Flanders and Brown, p. 150.
Obtained from Ray Bohanan, Indian Gap, Route No. 15, Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, August, 1929.
1. William and Mary sat by the seashore A last farewell to take.
Says Mary to William, "If you never return, I'm sure my poor heart will break."
2. "Don't mind my absence," said he, As he pressed his dear girl to his side; "For if I live to ever return,
I'll make little Mary my bride."
3. Three years had passed, the news came at last As she stood in her one cottage door,
A beggar passed by with a pad o'er his eye, His jacket all ragged and torn.

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