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352 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
"Kitty Wells." Contributed by Miss Hollis Huey, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gibson County. Obtained from Mrs. Martha Johnson. April 3, 1935.
1.     You ask what makes this darky weep,
Why he like others am not gay, What makes the tears roll down his cheek From early morn till close of day?
2.     My story now you all shall hear,
For in my memory fond it dwells; 'T will cause you each to shed a tear
O'er the grave of my sweet Kitty Wells.
3.     Where the birds were singing in the morning
And the myrtle and the ivy were in bloom, While the sun o'er the hilltops was dawning, 'T was there we laid her in the tomb.
4.     I never shall forget the day
When with sweet Kitty in the dells I kissed her cheek and named the day That I should marry Kitty Wells.
5.     But death came to her cottage door
And stole away my joy and pride, And when I found she was no more, I laid my banjo down and cried.
"Kitty Wells." Contributed by Mrs. Mary J. Shriver, of East St. Louis, Illinois. Learned in Warrick County from her father, Mr. Stephen Cox. November 30, 1937. Lacks stanza 2 of B, and has the foUowing closing stanza:
The springtime has brought no charms for me And flowers blooming in the dells;
There is one form I cannot see,
And that's the form of Kitty Wells.

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