Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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92           Ballads and Songs of Michigan
4 This young man being tired he called for a bed.
"My beds they are all full, John, they have been for this week By men that's got money; so your lodging you must seek."
5 "How much do I owe you ? And down it shall be laid."
"It's four and twenty shillings, you know it of old." With that the young man pulled out two handsful of gold.
6   The sight of John's money made the old lady rue: "You're welcome home, dear Johnny,
You're welcome home from sea,
Last night my daughter Polly was dreaming of thee."
7   Down came her daughter Polly with such a smiling face. She threw her arms around him; she did him kind embrace. "You're welcome home, dear Johnny, yes, you're welcome
home from sea, Last night I was much troubled by dreaming of thee.
8   "The green beds are empty, young Johnny, you'll lie there."
"Before I'd lie in your green beds I'd lie all in the street, For when I had no money my lodging I could seek."
9 Come all you young seamen that plows the raging main, Yourselves to support and your country to maintain; Be careful of your money, boys, and lay it up in store, For without that companion they'll turn you out of door.
Sung in 1934 by Mr. Charles Muchler, Kalkaska.
1 As Johnny came home from seashore
He called to the house where he'd been courting before,
Saying, "Where is my Polly dear?"
"O she isn't here and hasn't been seen for a week or more.

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