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The song was recorded by Johnnie Shields, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, from the singing of Mrs. Wright, Pruden, Tennessee.
i. A pretty fair maid all in a garden; A sailor boy came passing by; He stepped aside and thus addressed her, Saying, "Pretty fair maid, won't you be my bride?"
2. "I have a sweetheart on the ocean, For seven long years has been to sea; And if he be gone for seven years longer, No other man shall marry me."
3. "Perhaps your sweetheart he is drownded; Or perhaps he's on some battlefield slain;
Or perhaps he's married to some fair, fine lady; Perhaps he'll ne'er return again."
4. "Oh, if my sweetheart he is drownded; Or if he's on some battlefield slain;
Or if he's married to some fair, fine lady, I'll love the one that's married to him.
5. "But my sweetheart he is neither drownded; Nor is he on some battlefield slain;
Nor is he married to some fair, fine lady, For he is by my side again."
6. He put his hands into his pockets; His fingers they were long and slim; And unto her he drew a locket And at her feet his knees did bend.
7.  She put her hands upon his shoulders And he her favor did implore:
"I've come to claim you for my darling And I shall roam the seas no more."
8. As down the path they walked together, His arm around her waist so trim,
He told to her a loving story; The maiden gave her heart to him.

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