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60 FAIR DAMSEL This song bears some resemblance to the song variously entitled, "John Reilly," "George Reilly," "Young Reilly," "O' Reilly," etc., though in this case the lover does not return and his sweetheart plunges
"All into the deep" As the situation, meter, and phraseology of the "Reilly" song differ almost as frequently as the title, it seems that the present song may be related to it. Cf. Mackenzie, Ballads and Songs from Nova Scotia^ No. 43; Campbell and Sharp, No. 82; Cox, No. 95; Pound, No. 39; Flanders and Brown, p. 135; Jones, p. 11; PTFLS, No. 10, pp. 156157.
Obtained from Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Varnell, Georgia, formerly of Cade's Cove, Tennessee, October, 1930.
1. I walked out one evening All down by the seashore; The wind did whistle And the waters did roar.
Chorus I heard a fair damsel Make a pitiful sound; It sounded so lonely On the waters around.
2.  Crying, "Oh, my lover has gone on sea, But he will land at my door;
But he is gone where I never see him no more." Chorus
3.  She plunged her fair body All into the deep
And closed her pretty blue eyes In the waters to sleep. Chorus
4. Crying, "Oh, my lover has gone on the sea, But he will pass by my door;
But he is gone where I will never see him no more." Chorus
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