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Old Smoky
Obtained from Miss Rachel Tucker, Varnell, Georgia, December 10,1930.
1. On top of Old Smoky there lays a deep snow And foot of Old Smoky there runs a clear stream.
And I'm going to marry pretty Sarah, the queen.
3. It's no long journey I dreading to go;
It's leaving my country for just debts I owe.
4.1 look all around me; I found I was alone.
5.  My love, she won't have me which I understand; She wants a freeholder and 1 have no land.
6. But I think I could maintain her on silver and gold;
I would buy her as many fine things as my love-house could hold.
7.  I wish I was some fine pindle could write some fine hand; I'd write my love a letter that she may understand.
8.  I send it by the waters as the island overflows.
9. 1 wish I was in some lone valley or in some lone place,
Where the small birds don't whistle or the notes don't increase.
10. No better pastime but to be with my sweet,
11. Adieu to my father; likewise my mother too;
I am going to ramble this whole world through.
12. When I get tired I set down and cry
And think of pretty Sarah and think I will die.

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