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Sourwood Mountain
145 SOURWOOD MOUNTAIN
See Campbell and Sharp, No. 114; Wyman and Brockway, p. 91; Shearin and Combs, p. 38; Ethel Park Richardson and Sigmund Spaeth's "American Mountain Songs," New York, 1927, p. 89. Note also Horace Kephart's "Our Southern Highlanders," New York, 1913, p. 263; Thomas, p. 114; Lunsford and Stringfield, pp. 24, 26; Brown, p. 10; Fuson, p. 170; Journal, XXII, 249; Berea Quarterly 9 April, 1905, IX, 67; Minish Ms.; Combs Ms.
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Obtained from Misses Ronie and Annie Barbara Johnson, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July 12, 1929.
1.  Chickens a-crowing in the Sourwood Mountain, Hey ding dang diddle all the day,
So many pretty girls I can't count them, Hey ding dang diddle all the day.
2.  My true lover lives over the holler, Hey ding dang diddle all the day, She won't come and I won't call her, Hey ding dang diddle all the day.
3.  My true lover lives over the river, Hey ding dang diddle all the day,
A hop and a skip and I'll be with her, Hey ding dang diddle all the day.
4. My true lover lives up in Letcher, Hey ding dang diddle all the day, She won't come and I won't fetch her, Hey ding dang diddle all the day.
5.  My true lover, she is a daisy, Hey ding dang diddle all the day, If I don't get her, I'll go crazy, Hey ding dang diddle all the day.
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