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Sweet William
7. She called for a chair for to sit upon, A pen and ink for to write a song;
At the end of every line she dropped a tear;
At the end of every verse she cried, "Oh, my dear.5
8. Go, dig my grave both wide and deep, A marble stone at my head and feet; And on my breast place a lovely dove, That the world may know I died for love.
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"Sweet Soldier Boy." Obtained August 1, 1930, from Mrs. Ewart Wilson, wife of the grandson of "Big Tom" Wilson, famed hunter of the Black Mountains and the man who led the search for Professor Mitchell when he lost his life on Mt. Mitchell. Mrs. Wilson's address is Pensacola, N. C, which is on the Cane River at the western base of Mt. Mitchell.
1. Father, father, go, build me a boat That I may over the ocean float, And every ship that I pass by, There I'll enquire for my soldier boy; And every ship that I pass by, There I'll enquire for my soldier boy.
2.  She rowed her boat upon the main;
She saw three ships a-coming from Spain;
And every ship that she passed by,
There she enquired for her sweet soldier boy;
And every ship that she passed by,
There she enquired for her sweet soldier boy.
3. No, kind lady, he's not here;
They killed him in the battle, my dear,
At the head of rocky isle and as we passed by,
There we let your soldier lie;
At the head of rocky isle and as we passed by,
There we let your soldier lie.
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