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Ballads and Songs
i. In yonder city where I once dwell, A Butcher's boy I loved so well; He courted me my life away And then with me he would not stay.
2.  There was a house in this same town; My love would go and he would sit down; He would take another girl upon his knee, And tell her what he wouldn't tell me.
3. "Oh, mama, mama, can't you see, How this boy has treated me ?
His gold may scatter; his silver may fly; I hope some day he be poor as I.
4. "Give me a cheer, and I will sit down, A pen and ink to write it down.
I will write it down as you plainly see : 'I once loved a boy that didn't love me.'"
5. After a while her father came home Inquiring where his daughter had gone Upstairs he went; the door he broke; He found her hanging by a rope.
6. He tuk his knife; he cut her down And on her breast these he found:
"I will write it down so you can plainly see, 'I once loved a boy that didn't love me.'
7. "Go, dig a grave both wide and deep And a marble stone at my head and feet; And on my breast put a little dove
To tell the world that I died for love."
No local title. Obtained from Miss Mary E. King, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee, who had it from Dock Stinnett, Sevierville, Tennessee.
1. In London City where I did dwell, A merchant's son I loved so well. He courted me my life away, And then with me he would not stay.

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