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The Butcher Boy
7. "Just such a toll a man can't live, Just such a toll a man can't live, Just such a toll a man can't live,
And to you I'll not will my littie old mill.3
8. He called up his youngest son, He called up his youngest son: "Son, O son, my life's 'most gone; Tell me the toll you mean to take."
9. "Father, you know my name is Paul, Father, you know my name is Paul, Father, you know my name is Paul, Out of a bushel I'll take it all."
10. "Jus 1 such a toll a man can live, Just such a toll a man can live, Just such a toll a man can live, And to you I'll will the little old mill."
57 THE BUTCHER BOY While versions, C, D, E, and .Fof this song were not from the Southern Highlands, they were recalled by the reading of versions A and B, and are included for the sake of comparison. See W. Roy Mackenzie's "The Quest of the Ballad," p. 9; Cox, No. 145; Pound, No. 24; Lomax, p. 397; Sand­burg, p. 3 24 (title is "London City"); Spaeth, "Weep Some More, My Lady," p. 128 (title is "In Jersey City"); Journal, XXIX, 169; XXXI, 73;XXXV, 360; XXXIX, 122; Phillips Barry, Ancient British Ballads, etc. (A privately printed list), No. 41; Arthur Palmer Hudson's "Specimens of Mississipi Folk-Lore," p. 31; Bradley Kincaid's My Favorite Mountain Ballads and Old-Time Songs, Chicago, 1928, p. 43 ; Flanders and Brown, p. 15.
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Obtained from Miss Rachel Tucker, Varnell, Georgia, who had it from her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon, of Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, October, 1930.
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