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Ballads and Songs
The song was recorded by Eugene Breeding, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, from the singing of his aunt, Mrs. Ida E. Kiser, Jahile, Virginia.
i. I'll tell you a sad story Of little Oma Wise, How she was deluded By John Lewis's lies.
2. He told her to meet him
At the head of Adam's Spring; He'd bring her some money And some other fine things.
3. She met him as he said
At the head of Adam's Spring; He brought her no money, Nor no other fine things.
4. "Come, get on behind me, And away we will go, Away to get married, And no one shall know."
5. She got on behind him, And away they did go, Down by the river side, Where the clear waters flow.
6. "Litde Oma, little Oma,
I will now tell you my mind: My mind is to kill you And leave you behind."
7. She threw her arms 'round him, Saying, "Spare my dear life, Or I will consent
To never be your wife."