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Ballads and Songs
82
BLACK IS THE COLOR
Cf. Campbell and Sharp, No. 85.
"My Dear Sweetheart." Obtained from Miss Mary E. King, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee, August, 1929.
1. Dark is the color of my sweetheart's hair; His cheeks are like some roses fair;
The prettiest face and neatest hands, I love the ground whereon he stands.
2. My dear sweetheart, my harmless love, I hope we'll meet in heaven above; And there to dwell with Christ forever; My dear sweetheart, you are so clever.
3.1 go to cry, to mourn, to weep; But satisfy I never can sleep; You have turned me away and broke my heart; Oh, how can I from you depart?
4. Yes, you are all for this to blame: That I must die in grief and shame; And after death I will go home
And think of what you've done for me.
5.  Many an hour have I spent with you; But never knew that you wasn't true. I found it out and cried aloud;
I must, I did, in all this crowd.
6. But if it be God's will, I'd rather For us to live in this world together; For I have said and done my part;
I love you, mister, with all my heart.
7. As you do pass me by so brave, Look at the tomb-stone on my grave; And read this there that you may see; And think of what you have done to me.
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