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This song is nearly identical with Sandburg, p. 136. Cf. also Thomas, p. 112.
"The Nightingale." The song was recorded in the vicinity of Cumber­land Gap, Tennessee, by Ruth Bagwell, a student in Lincoln Memorial University.
1. One morning, one morning, one morning in May 1 met a fair couple a-making their way;
And one was a lady so neat and so fair; The other a soldier, a brave volunteer.
2. "Good morning, good morning, good morning to thee; Oh, where are you going, my pretty lady?"
"Oh, 1 am going to the banks of the sea
To see the waters a-gliding — hear the nightingales sing."
3. We haven't been a-standing but an hour or two, When out from his knapsack, a fiddle he drew; The tune that he played make the valleys ring,
Oh, see the waters a-gliding — hear the nightingale sing.
4. "Pretty lady, pretty lady, it's time to give o'er." "Oh, no, pretty soldier, please play one tune more; I'd rather hear your fiddle or the touch of one string As see the waters a-gliding — hear the nightingale sing.
5. "Pretty soldier, pretty soldier, will you marry me ?" "Oh, no, pretty lady, that never can be;
I have a wife in London and children twice three; Two wives in the army's too many for me.
6. "I'll go back to London and stay there one year And often I'll think of you, my little dear;
If ever I return, 'twill be in the spring
To see the waters a-ghding — hear the nightingale sing."

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