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Unhappy Love                         33
4    These two sisters went out for a walk; Of the young man they did talk.
5    They wandered down to the river bank; The elder pushed the younger in.
6    "Sister, sister, take my hand,
And you can have the young man and all of his command."
7    She floated down to the miller's brook; The miller caught her with a hook.
8    They hanged the miller on a tree, But the cruel sister she went free.
Recorded in 1931 by Mrs. Lillian Ammerman, Detroit, from the singing of her mother, who had learned the song about thirty years earlier, when she was teaching in Nebraska.
i Peter and I went down the lane, Down the lane, down the lane; Peter and I went down the lane, And sister came behind.
2    Both of us sisters loved him well, As only I can tell.
3    Peter could love but one of us then, So sister must go away.
4    Sister was bending over the well, When splash, splash, in she fell.

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