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I Went Up on the Mountain Top
See Richardson and Spaeth, p. 50.
'Sugartown." Obtained from Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Varnell, Georgia,
January, 1932.
1.1 went up on the mountain top To give my horse a blow; 1 saw old Peter a-combing his head Just white as snow.
2. When I was a little boy, I lived in Sugartown;
I climbed up in a sugar tree And shake the sugar down.
3. Jay bird on a swing limb, Sparrow on the ground;
The sparrow said to that jay bird: "Shake that sugar down."
4. Jay bird pulled to horse plow Ten foot in the ground; Sparrow standing at the other end, A-watching him turn around.
5. Jay bird pulled to horse plow, "Sparrow, why can't you?"
"My legs so long and slender, love, Afraid they will break in two."
6.1 went up on the mountain top To give my horse a blow. I thought I heard some pretty girl say: "Yonder come my beau."

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