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Early in the Spring
See Hudson, p. 29; Campbell and Sharp, No. 72; Cox, No. 111, who
points out that The Trail in Mexico (Lomax, Cowboy Songs> p. 132) "is an
extraordinarily interesting example of an adaptation; it is Early, Early
transformed into a cowboy song."
The song was recorded by Adria Kiser, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, from the singing of her mother, Mrs. Ida E. Kiser, Jahile, Virginia.
1. Early, early in thj spring
1 was pressed on board to serve my king; And leaving my dearest dear behind, Who often told me her heart was mine.
2. When I had her in my arms,
I thought I had ten thousand charms, Ten thousand promises and kisses sweet, Saying, "We'll get married when next we meet."
3. All the time I sailed the sea,
1 could not get one moment's ease, For writing letters to my dearest dear, And not one word from her could I hear.
4. At last I sailed to Saintler's town;
I walked the streets both up and down,
Inquiring for my dearest dear,
And not one word from her could I hear.
5. At last 1 sailed to her father's hall, And for my true love I did call:
"Your true love is married; she's a rich man's wife; She has married to one who is better for her life."
6.1 walked straight up, her hand did take,
Saying, "All false promises and vows will break; You've proved false, and I've proved true; For ever and ever I'll bid you adieu."

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