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The Wagoner's Lad
THE WAGONER'S LAD See Kittredge, Journal, XX, 268; Campbell and Sharp, No. 64, A, B, C, (eleven of the stanzas of A are almost identical with eleven of the stanzas of the preceding song, "Old Smoky"). Cf. also Wyman and Brockway, p. 64 ("Loving Nancy"); Cox, No. 146 ("Farewell, Sweet Mary") and his in­teresting note pointing out how lines of other songs have been taken up by "The Wagoner's Lad."
"The Wagoner Lad." Obtained from Cleophas L. Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1929.
1. I'm a poor little girl; My fortune's been bad;
I've a long time been courting A wagoner lad.
2. He courted me daily By night and by day; But now he is loaded And going away.
3.  So hard is the fortune Of poor womankind; They are always controlled And always confined.
4. Controlled by their parents Till they are made wives; Then slaves for their husbands The rest of their lives.
5. "Your wagon ain't greasy; Your bill it ain't paid; Come, sit you down by me, For I know you can stay."
6. "My wagon is greased; My bill it is paid;
So fare you well, Polly, No longer to stay."

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