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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana            345
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LITTLE NELL OF NARRAGANSETT BAY
See Shoemaker, Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania, pp. 138-39; Spaeth, Weep Some More, My Lady, p. 30; and Neely, Tales and Songs from Southern Illinois, p. 226.
Contributed by Mrs. Helen T. Little, of ELnoxville, Iowa. Learned in Warrick County, Indiana. "I am almost sure there are some other verses, but can't recall them." June 30, 1935.
1.     I loved a little beauty, but she's not with me now; The lilies of the valley are growing o'er her brow; And now I'm sad and lonely and weeping all the day
For bright-eyed, laughing little Nell of Narragansett Bay.
Chorus
Tolled, tolled the bell at early dawn of day
For lovely Nell, so quickly passed away;
Tolled, tolled the bell so sad and mournfully
For bright-eyed, laughing little Nell of Narragansett Bay.
2.     I loved that little beauty, and my boat it was my pride, And with her close beside me, how joyous it was to ride; She'd laugh in tones so merry to see the waves go by, While wilder blew the stormy wind, and darker grew the sky.
3. Next day her form, all lifeless, was washed upon the beach; I stood and gazed upon it, bereft of sense of speech. And now I'm sad and lonely, and weeping all the day For bright-eyed, laughing little Nell of Narragansett Bay.








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