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7. "If you have wrote letters to this town, I did not receive a single one;
It is my father's fault, and you'll find; Oh, don't blame this poor heart of mine."
8.  "I'll curse all gold and silver too And all the girls that won't prove true, That will marry a man for his riches' sake And leave their true lover's heart to break."
9.  "Don't go back on board again; Oh, don't go back to serve the king;
There are plenty young girls more fairer than I; Oh, don't go back where the bullets fly."
10.  "Yes, I'll go back on board again; Yes, I'll go back to serve my king;
I will sail the sea and the mountain high; On the waters I'll ride till the day I die.
11.  "And when I'm ready for my grave,
My body will be found in the ocean wave;
I want to be buried beneath yonder green tree:
And remember, love, I died for thee."
No local title. Obtained from Austin Harmon, Varnell, Georgia.
1.  It was on one dark and gloomy day; Our ship set sail to America,
To America our ship was bound, The music sweet as trumpet sound.
2. As I was crossing the deep blue sea
I takened a kind of tunete1 in writing
Letters to my dear;
No letters from her could I hear.
1 tunete: opportunity.

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