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Ballads and Songs
Obtained from Mac Hardin, Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, August, 1929.
1. One year ago both Jack and Joe
Set sail across the foam, Each one their fortune to gain
Before returning home. In one short year Jack gained his wealth
And he set sail away And when the boys shook hands to part
Joe could only say: Chorus Give my love to Nelle, O Jack,
And kiss her once for me, The fairest girl in all the world,
I know you'll say is she. Treat her kindly, Jack, I say,
And tell her that I'm well And when you meet, oh, don't forget
To give my love to Nelle.
2.  Three years had passed and Joe at last
Had gained his wealth for life And he set sail across the foam
To make sweet Nelle his wife. Upon his way he heard them say
That Jack and Nelle had wed. The sighs and frets and sad regrets
That he had ever said: Chorus
3.  Upon the streets they chanced to meet:
"Jack, you selfish elf, The very next girl I learn to love
I'll kiss her for myself, But all is fair in love and war
And as they're ready wed, 1*11 not be angry with you, Jack",
And once again he said: Chorus

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