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9.1 rolled and tumbled the whole night through; No slumber could I find; The thoughts of that poor Boston girl Was running on my mind.
10. They took me on suspicion; They bound me to Boston jail; My friends and my relations, They could not go my bail.
11. Her sister swore my life away; She swore without a doubt;
She swore that I was the very one, Who took her sister out.
"The Boston Girl." Obtained from Mac Hardin, Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, August, 1929. This is the same version as B, so far as it goes, with only a few slight verbal changes.
1.1 courted a girl in Boston, A girl that loved me well; And every Sunday afternoon Together we would dwell.
2.  We took a walk one Sunday eve; We walked a mile or more;
I drew a stick from under a tree And knocked the merry girl down.
3.  Down on her knees she bended A-pleading for her life,
Says, "Willie, dear, don't kill me here; I'm not prepared to die."
4.1 listened to her pleading not; I beat her o'er and o'er Till all the ground there all around, Was in a bloody glow.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III