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5. But as it is I am no sparrow; I have no wings; I cannot fly; I'll sit down here in grief and sorrow And try to pass my troubles by.
6.1 hope there is a day a-coming When I my love again will see; I hope there is a place in torment To punish my love for denying me.
B
"The False Lover." Obtained from Ray Bohanan, Indian Gap, Route #15, Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, August 15, 1929, who had it from Miss Beulah Bohanan, Elkmont, Tennessee.
1. Come, all you fair and tender ladies, Take warnings how you court young men; They are like the stars in summer morning; They first appear and then be gone.
2. For I, myself, once had a lover; Indeed, I thought he was my own; But now he's gone and married another And left me here in tears to mourn.
3.1 wish I was a little sparrow And one of these that flies so high; I'd fly away to my false lover And when he talked, 1 would be by.
4. But as it is 1 am no sparrow, Nor have 1 any wings to fly; So I'll sit down in grief and sorrow And mourn and pass my troubles by.
c
Also from Tennessee, in the same vicinity as B, but perhaps differing sufficiently to justify its inclusion with the other two versions. It was obtained from Miss Mary E. King, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, August, 1929, who had it from Lewis Childress, Sevierville, Tennessee.
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E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III