Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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66          Ballads and Songs of Michigan
For discussion and references see Cox, pp 339-341. See also Eddy, No 192 Hudson, pp. 35-37; Kittredge, JAFL, XXX, 358-360; Randolph, pp. 174-175, Scarborough, pp. 116-117; and Sharp, I, 328-332.
Version A was sung in 1935 by Mrs. Allan McClellan, near Bad Axe, whc learned the song in childhood, from her sister.
1    In the county of Derry where I was bred and born, And ev'ryone called me a roving young man,
2   I courted young Molly till I gained her mind;
The whole world would blame me should I leave her behind.
3   Lovely Molly went walking, there came a shower of hail; She went under a green bower, herself to conceal.
4   Her true love being a-fowling, he shot in the dark, But oh and alas, he did not miss his mark.
5   Johnny Randal goes to her and found she was dead; A well full of tears on her bosom he shed,
6   Saying, "Molly, dearest Molly, my joy and my pride, It was my whole intention to make you my bride."

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