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This is the same version as B9 but it will be interesting to note the differ­ences in the wording of a song sung in the same family. The song was recorded and sent in by Mrs. Mary Tucker, the mother of Miss Rachel Tucker (now Mrs. Brackett), Varnell, Ga., October, 1931.
1. Claud Allen and his dear old father Have met their fatal doom at last.
Their friends are glad their troubles is over And their souls at rest at last.
2.  Claud was young and fair and handsome And he hoped unto the end
That he may in some way or other Escape his death at the rich man pen.
3. But the governor, being so hard hearted, Cared not what his friends may say. They finally took his sweet life from him; In the cold, cold clay Claud's body lays.
4. Claud, he had a pretty sweetheart; When the lost one gone she dearly loved, She hoped to meet him over the river, He fair young face in heaven above.
5. It sad, indeed, to think of killing
A young man just in his blooming year, To leave his dear old mother weeping And all his friends in bitter tears.
6. Away up there on that cold mountain Claud's body sleeps beneath the clay. We no more hear his words of mercy Or see his face till the Judgment Day.
(Mrs. Tucker adds that this song was composed a long time agoy and that Claud was "some of our far off kin.")

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