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Sourwood Mountain
"The Girl I Left Behind Me." The first stanza suggests "Sourwood Mountain" without the usual refrain, but the singer switches off into stanzas from other songs. Cf. "Eliza Jane" and the "Forsaken Lover" songs. A variant of stanza 4 appears in Sharp, No. 56, A (stanza 7 of "The Rejected Lover").
The song was recorded by a student in Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee,
1.  Sixteen chickens settin' on the fence All trying to crow,
Dead man trying to shave himself And a blind man trying to sew.
Chorus I'll cross that mountain one more time, If the tears don't fall and blind me; I'll cross that mountain one more time For the girl I left behind me.
2.  Sixteen horses in my cart; Work old gray behind them;
I'll cross that mountain one more time, Pull them leaders behind. Chorus
3. Went up on the mountain top, Gave my horn a blow, Thought I heard my true love say, "Yonder come my beau."
Chorus
4.1 wish to the Lord I'd never been born1 Or died when I was young; I never would have seen your rosy cheeks, Or heard your chattering tongue. Chorus
1 Cf. a similar stanza of "Young Hunting" in this collection.
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