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Brewster; Ballads and So?zgs of Indiana           811
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THE OLD BACHELOR
For other American texts, see Belden, No. 105; Cox, p. 468; and Journal, XXV, 281.
"The Old Bachelor." Contributed by Mrs. Dora Ward, of Princeton, Indiana. Gibson County. Learned from an aunt, Mrs. Carrie McMurtry, between 1880 and 1887. November 4,1935.
1.     As I was walking all alone,
I met an old bachelor making his mourn i1 "Of all the girls wherever they may be,
I can't find a pretty girl that will marry me.
2.   "I've courted the rich and I've courted the poor;
Many of a time I've been kicked out of doors. Of all the girls wherever they may be,
I can't find a pretty girl that will marry me.
3.   "I've offered them silver, I've offered them gold,
And many a lie in my lifetime told; Of all the girls wherever they may be,
I can't find a pretty girl that will marry me.
4.   "I've rode three horses out of breath;
I've rode three horses all to death; I've rode three saddles off to the tree ;
I can't find a pretty girl that will marry me."
5.     He threw himself down on the bed ;
He tore all the hair off the top of his head. There he layed; he screamed and he cried; In this condition he kicked and died.
6.     Come, young ladies, assemble all around
To put the old bachelor under the ground; For if he ever comes to life,
Strive he will for to get a wife.
1 For moan.








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