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io2 Ballads and Songs of Michigan
B Green Laurels "
Obtained in 1930 by Miss Ruth Barnes, Ypsilanti, from Mr. Andrew Cherpes, Detroit, a boy twenty years of age; he had learned the song from his Hungarian father, who had been in this country about forty years but did not know where he had heard it.
1 I once had a sweetheart, but now I have none. Since she has left me, I'm contented alone; Since she has left me, contented I'll be,
For I know there's another far better than she.
Green grows the green laurels, all sparkling with dew; How lonely I've been since I parted from you. The next meeting there is, I hope you prove true And turn the green laurels to red, white, and blue.
2 I passed by her window both early and late; The look she gave me my poor heart did break. The look she gave me ten thousand would kill; Although she has another, I love her still.