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Old Smoky
See Perrow, Journal, XXVIII, 159. Some of the following stanzas are almost identical with some of the stanzas in Campbell and Sharp's "The Wagoner's Lad," No. 64, A. See also Lunsford and Stringfield, p. 54; Fuson, p. 119.
Obtained from Miss Ronie Johnson, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina July 13, 1929.
1. On top of Old Smoky, all covered with snow I lost my true lover by courting too slow.
2. While courting is pleasure and parting is grief, A false hearted lover is worse than a thief.
3. A thief they will rob you and take what you have, But a false hearted lover will take you to the grave.
4. The grave will decay you, will turn you to dust, Only one boy out of a hundred a poor girl can trust.
5. They'll tell you they love you to give your heart ease;
As soon as your back's turned, they'll court who they please.
6. 'Tis raining, 'tis hailing, this dark stormy night; Your horses can't travel for the moon gives no light.
7. Go, put up your horses and give them some hay; Come, sit down beside me as long as you can stay.
8. My horses aren't hungry; they won't eat your hay; My wagon is loaded; I'll feed on my way.
9. As sure as the dewdrops fall on the green corn, Last night he was with me; tonight he is gone.
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