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8. It was over hills and under hills And in some lonesome valley; It was my love they took from me; It was all through spite and malice.
The song was recorded by Dora Testerman, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, from the singing of her parents.
1.1 dreamed last night of my true-love; All in my arms I had her; Her pretty, yellow hair like strands of gold Lay dangling round my pillow.
2.1 waked in the morning and found her not; I was forced to do without her; I went unto her uncle's house, Inquiring for this lady.
3. He said that she was not there,
And neither would he keep her; I turned around to go away;
My love came to the window.
4.  She said that she would come to me,
If doors nor locks did not hinder; I turned around and broke those locks; I broke them all asunder.
(I rede to church last Sunday) Here is another song of lament for change of heart. This varies from the usual in having two parts the man's and the girl's both lamenting the broken engagement. The reference to a seaport indicates either an English attachment or lines taken from a song in which words pertaining to the sea are common. Note in Stanza 6 the use of the archaic "an" for "if" with perfect sense. Stanzas 7 and 8 are borrowed from other songs, only sometimes it is the boy and not the girl that expresses the lament. Cf. these stanzas with

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