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68           Ballads and Songs of Michigan
B Tolly Band
From the Lambertson manuscript. Mr. Charles Lambertson remembers hear­ing his mother sing this song.
i Polly walked out at the setting of the sun;
She stepped under a green bush the shower for to shun.
2    Johnny being a-hunting, it was somewhat dark; He shot at a swan, not missing his mark.
3    Johnny ran to her; when he found it was she,
His joints they grew feeble, and his eyes could not see.
4    He embraced her in his arms till he found she was dead; Then a fountain of tears all around her Johnny shed.
5    Johnny ran home with his gun in his hand, Crying, "Daddy, dear Daddy, I've shot Polly Band.
6    "Her apron was about her, I took her for a swan, But O alas, it was my Polly Band."
7    His father being an old man, his head somewhat gray, Said, "Stay at home, dear Johnny, and don't run away.
8    "Stay in your own country, let your trial come on, For you shall not be hanged by the laws of the land."
9    A night or two after, to her uncle she appeared, Crying, "Uncle, dear uncle, Johnny Randall is clear.
io "My apron was about me, he took me for a swan, But O alas, it was I, Polly Band."

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