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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana             195
9. She traveled over hills and mountains;
Through lonesome valleys she did go Until she came to the Bamboo Briars,
And there she found him killed and thrown.
10.      His cherry cheeks with blood were dyed;
His ruby lips were salt as brine. She kissed him over and over, crying", "You dearest bosom friend of mine!"
11.      Three days and nights she tarried by him,
A-kissing him on her bended knees, Until sharp hunger came creeping on her And forced her back to her home to go.
12.      When she returned home again,
They kindly asked her where she'd been: "O you false, deceitful, hard-hearted wretches, For him alone you both shall hang!"
13.      O friends, believe that on the morrow
To sea did these two villains go, And the raging waves they now lie under; The raging sea provides their graves.
"The Bamboo Briars." Contributed by Miss Tollie Toole, of Boonville, Indiana. Warrick County. September 11, 1935. Identical with A. Miss Toole and Mrs. Hopkins are sisters, and learned the song* from their parents.

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