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10. I'll go back to Old Smoky, to the mountain so high,
Where the wild birds and turtle doves can hear my sad cry.
ii. Way down on Old Smoky all covered in snow, I lost my blue eyed boy by courting too slow.
12.1 wrote him a letter of roses and lines; He sent it back to me all twisted in twine.
13. He says, "You keep your love letters, and I'll keep mine; You write to your true love and I'll write to mine.
14. 'Til go to old Georgia; I'll write you my mind; My mind is to marry you and leave you behind."
Obtained from Mrs. C. L. Franklin, Crossnore, North Carolina, February, 1930.
As stanzas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are practically identical with the same stanzas of A, they are omitted. Note that the last stanza of A becomes stanza 9 in B. Stanzas 10 and 11 of B vary but slightly from 9 and 10 of^4, but their order is transposed. The last two stanzas of B do not occur in A.
9.1 will drive on to Georgia and write you my mind, For my mind is to marry and leave you behind.
10.1 will go upon the mountains, on the mountains so high,
Where the birds and turtle doves can hear my mourns and my cries.
11. As soon as the dewdrops grow on the green lawn, Last night she was with me; tonight she is gone.
12.1 can love litde, I can love long,
I can love an old sweetheart till a new one comes on.
13.1 can hug them and kiss them and prove to them kind; I can turn my back upon them and alter my mind.

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