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346 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
Additional texts will be found in Campbell and Sharp, II, 177 (see also pp. 97 and 123 for stanzas incorporated into other songs); Cox, p. 425; Herd, Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, 1776, II, 180; Journal, XLIV, 84; XLV, 104, 105; Journal of the Irish Folk-Song Society, IV, 33; Sharp, Folk-Songs of England, I, 25; Randolph, The Ozarks, p. 187; Cambiaire, East Tennessee and Western Virginia Mountain Ballads, p. 38. For references to other English and American versions, see Journal, XXX, 349-52.
From a MS collection in the possession of Mrs. T. M. Bryant, of Evansville, Indiana. Written by Viola A. Cox, of Scalesville, Indiana, in 1887. Warrick County. August 4, 1936.
1. 0 Billy, 0 Billy, what makes you say so,
For I love my old father and mother also,
And o'er this wide world with a darling boy go.
2.     My friends and relation will mourn for my sake;
They say I have left them and followed a rake. I will prove them all liars by the powers above;
There is nothing can save me but an innocent love.
3.     To meeting, to meeting, to meeting, Til go
To see young Jimmy, a boy that I know. A meeting is a pleasure, but parting is grief,
And an unconstant lover is worse than a thief.
4.     A thief can but rob you of that you have
And an unconstant lover will turn you to the grave. The grave will consume you and turn you to dust;
There's not one man in twenty a poor girl can trust.
5.     The cuckoo is a pretty bird, she sings as she flies;
She brings us good news, and she tells us no lies. She sucks all sweet flowers to make her sing clear, And she never sings "cuckoo" till summer is near.

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