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98           Ballads and Songs of Michigan
28 THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND
For references and a text similar to the Michigan forms see Cox, pp. 300-301. For a text of a modified version see Sharp, II, 62-65. Version A was sung in 1935 by Mr. Frank Madison, Grattan Center.
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1    My parents raised me tenderly; They had no child but me; But I being bent on gambling With them could not agree.
So I became a courtsman soon Which grieved my heart full sore. I left my aged parents, And I'll see their face no more.
2   I asked my love if she'd consent That I might cross the main, And if she would prove .constant Till I returned again.
Big drops of tears were in her eyes; Her bosom heaved a sigh, "Dear you," says she, "fear not for me, My love can never die.







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