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i. In Jersey where I did dwell,
A butcher's son, he loved so well. He stole my heart away from me,
And now with me he would not stay. 2. In that same city there lived a girl,
And that is where his love went to. He took her right upon his knee,
And now with me he would not stay. 3.1 went upstairs to make the bed;
Without a word to mother I said. I took a pen and set me down,
And on a paper 1 wrote down.
4. Her father came home and looked around,
And could not find his daughter bright. He went upstairs and broke the door, And saw her hanging on a rope.
5. And on her breast these words were found:
"Oh, dig my grave and dig it deep With a marble stone from head to feet;
And on my dove a golden love, To show the world I died for love."
This is another version of the song that did not come from the Southern Highlands. It was recorded by Thaddeus Napiorski, a student in Dickinson High School, Jersey City, N. J., 1929, after listening to the reading of version B.
1. In Jersey City where I did dwell, A butcher's son I loved so well. He went and stole my heart away And now with me he will not stay.
2. He takes other girls upon his knee,
And tells them things he will not tell me; I go upstairs and set me down With pen and ink I write this down.
3.  My mother comes late one night, And finds that I am not in sight;
She goes upstairs and breaks down the door, And sees me hanging on the wall.

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