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(I was sixteen years of age)
Note that in this song it is the woman who suffers from the marriage yoke.
Obtained from Miss Rachel Tucker, Varnell, Georgia, December, 1930. Miss Tucker is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon, formerly of Cade's Cove, Tennessee.
1.1 was sixteen years of age, A damsel in my prime. I dearly thought of a married life And it just at that time.
2. I fell in love with a glooming youth And marry was my plan;
Was not very long till married I was To my good looking man.
3. We just been married just two weeks; One Sunday afternoon
Sun went down and night got dark And away went honeymoon.
4. My man stepped out to take a little walk, And follow was my plan.
Was not very long till a lady I seen With my good looking man.
5.  I listened to their tales of love To each other they did tell.
Said I to myself: "When you come home, I'll tan your hide right well."
6. Clock on the mantle was striking one; My darling he come in:
"Oh, my darling Willie dear, Wherever have you been?

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