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The Butcher Boy
2.  There lived a girl in that same town; He'd go right there and he'd sit down; He'd take her upon his knee;
He'd tell her what he wouldn't tell me.
3.  Can you tell me the reason why, Unless she had more gold than I ? Her gold will melt and her silver fly; In a few more years she'll be poor as I.
4.1 went upstairs to make my bed, And listening to what my mama said. "O mama, O mama, oh, can't you see How cruel sweet Willie has been to me ?
5.  "Oh, bnng me a chair and I'll set down, A paper and pen I'll write it down."
On the gold and silver line she dropped a tear, A-calhng back, "Sweet Willie, dear."
6. Was late last night when her papa came home. He found her missing from the room.
He went up stairs and the door he broke. He found her hanging by a rope.
7. He took a knife and cut her down And in her bosom, a note he found: "Go, dig my grave both deep and long
And at my head and feet place a marble stone;
8. "And by my side place a William tree
That the world may weep and mourn for me;
And on my heart place a lovely dove
That the world may know that I died for love."
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This version of the song did not come from the South. It was obtained from Miss Nancy Giannotti, Dickinson High School, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1926, who after hearing various versions of the song, then recorded the version of the song as she knew it.
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