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Billy Boy
2. Did she bid you come in, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Did she bid you come in, charming Billy?
She bid me come in, with a dimple in her chin; She is a litde too young to leave her mother.
3. How old is she, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? How old is she, charming Billy ?
She is twice six, twice seven, twice twenty and eleven; She is a litde too young to leave her mother.
4. Can she make a feather bed, Billy Boy, Billy Boy ? Can she make a feather bed, charming Billy ?
She can make a feather bed, ten feet above her head; She is ? little too young to leave her mother.
5. Can she go to the spring, Billy Boy, Billy Boy ? Can she go to the spring, charming Billy ?
She can go to the spring, like a bird on a wing; She is a little too young to leave her mother.
6. Can she make a chicken pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy ? Can she make a chicken pie, charming Billy?
She can make a chicken pie, quick as a cat can wink its eye; She is a little too young to leave her mother.
7. How tall is she, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? How tall is she, charming Billy ?
She is tall as a pine and slim as a line;
She is a little too young to leave her mother.
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The song was recorded in the vicinity of Harrogate, Tennessee, by Ruth Bagwell, a student in Lincoln Memorial University.
1.Oh, where have you been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Oh, where have you been, charming Billy ? I have been out west to find me a wife; She's the joy of my life, And she's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.
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