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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana           351
For other texts, see Cox, p. 395 (see headnote for broadside and songster references); Pound, No. 94; Shearin and Combs, p. 22; Shoe­maker, p. 119; Journal, XLVI, 47; Henry, Songs Sung in the Southern Appalachians, p. 185; Neely, Tales and Songs of Southern Illinois, p. 223.
"Sweet Kitty Wells." Contributed by Miss June Falls, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. Obtained from an aunt, Mrs. Paul Mason, of Mifflin, Indiana. Crawford County. May 12, 1935.
1.     You ask what makes this darky weep,
Why he, like others, am not gay, What makes the tears roll down my cheek
From early morn till close of day? My story, darkies, you shall hear,
For in my memory fresh it dwells; It will cause you all to drop a tear
O'er the grave of my sweet Kitty Wells.
2.     I never shall forget the day
That we together roamed the dells; I kissed her cheek and named the day
That I would marry Kitty Wells. But death came to my cabin door
And took from me my joy and pride, And when I found it was no use
I laid my banjo down and cried.
3.     0 the birds were singing in the morning;
The myrtle and the ivy were in bloom, The sun on the hilltops adorning;
It was there we laid her in the tomb. The springtime has no charm for me,
Though flowers are blooming in the dells; For that sweet form I do not see
Is the form of my sweet Kitty Wells.

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