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Ballads and Songs
"Song Ballad." Obtained from Mrs. Helen Tufts Bailie, 22 De Wolfe Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, who had it from John Oliver, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, April 10, 1931. Mr. Oliver writes that he had it from Mrs. M. J. Lawson-Lequire of Cade's Cove.
1.  Last night I dreamed of my true-love; All in my arms I had her;
But when I waked it was a dream I was forced to lie without her.
2. Her yellow hair like chains of gold Lie down upon my pillow: "You are the girl that I adore; You are my bambowillow;
3.  "You are the girl I always loved; You are my imbowillow."
But when I came to her father's house To ask for this fair lady,
4.  The answer was, "There is none such here. Why do you ask about her ?"
My voice she heard; came quickly to the window
Saying, "My love, I'd come to thee, but lock and bolts do hender."
5. And there I stood all in a maze, All in a angrew manner.
My patience grew; my sword I^drew And quickly I got to her.
6.1 took my love all by the hand, My sword all in the other Saying, "Young men who love like me, Take one and fight the other."
7. Her father gathered a crowd of men And after me did follow Saying, "Revenge I'll have of you Or in your blood I'll wallow."

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