Songs & Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks

A Collection Of Traditional & Folk Songs of the area with Lyrics & Commentaries -online book

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76              Songs and Ballads
2     One day he gave her a beaver hat. Her sister, she did not like that.
3     As they were walking on the green, To see their father's ships come in,
4     As they were walking on the wharf, Her sister, she did push her off.
5      "Oh, dear sister, give me your hand, And you shall have my house and land!"
6      "No, I will not give you my hand, But I will have your house and land."
7     Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam, Until she came to a miller's dam.
8     The miller he put in his hook, And fished her out by her petticoat.
9     He stripped her off from toe to chin, And then he threw her in agin.
10     Sometimes she sunk, sometimes she swum, Until she came to her long home.
11      Her sister was hanged for her sake, And the miller, he burned at the stake.
The following stanzas, which I quote in order to complete the story, are from B of "The Twa Sisters" in Child's collection.
19     The miller quickly drew the dam, And there he found a drownd woman.
20     You coudna see her yallow hair
For gold and pearle that were so rare.






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