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Poor Omie
12. The people all gathered From every city and town To see the corpse of Oma In the place of Oma drown.
13. They sent for John Lewis To come to the place
Where he drownded little Oma That he might see her face.
14. John Lewis stepped forward And said, "I am the man That drownded little Oma Below yon mill dam.
15/ 'You can hang me, you can jail me, For I am the man That drownded little Oma Below yon mill dam."
"Oma Wise." This song is from the same locality as B and is, of cotirse, the same version as the preceding text. However, even the slight variations are interesting to note. It was recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mr. C. L. Franklin, Crossnore, North Carolina, in July, 1930.
1. Come, listen and I'll tell you The story of little Oma Wise, How she was drowned
By John Lewis' lies.
2. He told her to meet him At Adams' Spring;
He'd bring her some money And other fine things.

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