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The Soldier's Wooing
See Campbell and Sharp, No. 41; Pound, No. 27; Cox, No. 117; Journal, XXIII, 447; XXIX, 188; XXXV, 414; Belden,^ Partial List of Song Ballads and Other Popular Poetry Known in Missourri, No. 84; Flanders and Brown, p. 232. This is a secondary song based upon "Earl Brand."
"The Gallan Soldier." Obtained from Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Varnell, Georgia, formerly of Cade's Cove, Tennessee, Oct., 1930.
1.1 will tell you of a gallan soldier Who lately came from sea: He courted a lady, A lady said to be.
2. The old man said unto her: "This I here complain:
If you marry a gallan soldier, It will be all in vain.
3. "Since you have been so foolish To be a soldier wife,
Down in some lonesome valley I will take your pleasant life."
4. He drew his swords and pistols And hung them to his side, Swore that he would be married Whatever may betide.
5. She jumped on a milk white steed And he jumped on another one; Off to church they rode
Just like a sister and brother.

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