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Ballads and Songs
2.  Can she make a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy ? Gin she make a cherry pie, charming Billy ?
She can make a cherry pie
Quicker than a cat can wink its eye;
She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.
3. Can she make up the beds, Billy Boy, Billy Boy ? Can she make up the beds, charming Billy? She can make up the bed,
Set the pillow at the head;
She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.
4.  Can she sweep up the floors, Billy Boy, Billy Boy ? Can she sweep up the floors, charming Billy ? She can sweep up the floors,
Set the broom behind the door; She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.
5. How tall is she, Billy Boy, Billy Boy ? How tall is she, charming Billy ? She's as tall as any pine,
Slim as any pumpkin vine;
She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother,
6. How old is she, Billy Boy, Billy Boy ? How old is she, charming Billy ?
She's twice six, twice seven, twice twenty, and eleven; She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.
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"Billie Boy." Obtained from Miss Susie H. Blaylock, Rabun Gap, Georgia, May 17, 1932, for whom it was recorded from a singer in the Georgia mountains.
1. Oh, where are you going, Billie Boy, Bilhc Boy? Oh, where are you going,
Refrain I am going to see my wife; She's the joy of my life; She's a young thing And cannot leave her mother.
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