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4. In came my dony, ten dollars in her hand;
Says: "My dearest darling, I've done the best I can; I hope the Lord be with you wherever you may be And the devil get those jurymen who sent you here to stay."
5. In came a jailer ten o'clock at night
A bunch of keys all in his hand, the lamp a-giving light; "Wake up, my dearest prisoner," I thought I heard him say, "I'll carry you around to Raleigh, five long years to stay."
6. As I passed those stations, I heard the people say: "Yonder goes that idle bird all bound down in chains, All bowed down in sorrow, all bowed down in shame, Carrying him around to Raleigh to wear the ball and chain."
See Fuson, p. 116, who says in his head-note: "They were robbed and
killed on Martin's Fork, of Cumberland River, Harlan County, Kentucky,
about twenty-five years ago. This is only a short distance from where I am
now writing this in Harlan."
The song was recorded by D. G. Tiller, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, from the singing of Mr. James Taylor Adams, Big Laurel, Virginia.
1. One day the sun was rising high, A day in merry June;
The birds set singing on a tree; All nature seemed in tune.
2. A peddler and his wife were traveling Along a lonely way,
A-sharin' each other's toil and care; They both were old and grey.

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