Folk Songs from the Southern Highlands - online songbook

Southern Appalachians songs with lyrics, commentary & some sheet music.

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Ballads and Songs
i. Ohl tell me the story Of little Oma today: John Lewis said he'd marry her And set the wedding day.
2. He told her to meet him At the Adams' Springs; He'd bring her some money And many pretty things.
3. He brought her no money To spend on that case; "We'll go and get married; It will be no disgrace.
4. "Oh! leap on behind me And away we will go;
We will go and get married And the old folks won't know."
5.  She leaped on behind him And away they did ride; They rode till they came To the deep water side.
6. "John Lewis, John Lewis, Oh, tell me your mind:
Is your mind to marry me Or leave me behind ?"
7. "Little Oma, Little Oma, I'll tell you my mind: My mind is to drown you And leave you behind."
8. "Oh, pitty! oh, pitty! And spare me my life! And I'll go out begging, And never be your wife!"
9. "No pitty! no pitty I
I won't spare your life; You'll never go out begging; You'll never be my wife."

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