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Ballads and Songs
3. He brought her no money; He flattered the case; "We'll go and get married; There'll be no disgrace.
4. "You get up behind me And away we will ride; We'll go and get married And you'll be my bride."
5.  She hopped up behind him And away they did go
Off down to the river Where deep waters flow.
6. "John Lewis, John Lewis, Please tell me your mind." "My mind is to drown you And leave you behind."
7. "John Lewis, John Lewis, Please spare me my life; I'll go off a-begging,
I won't be your wife."
8. "No pity, no pity;
I won't spare your life; You shan't go off begging And you shan't be my wife."
9. He hugged her and he kissed her And he turned her around
And threw her in the river Below yonders dam.
10. "I'm drowning, I'm drowning," She feebly cried,
"Oh, come, get me, Johnny, And I will be your bride."
11. He rushed in to get her, To get her by fate;
But he rung his hands in sorrow And cried, "I'm too late."
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III