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n8         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
7   Upstairs he went, the door he broke, And there he found her hanging on a rope. He took his knife and cut her down,
And upon her breast these words were found:
8   "What a foolish, foolish girl was I To hang myself for a soldier boy.
I've wished, I've wished, I've wished in vain That I could once be born again.
9   "But that can never, never be,
For an orange can't grow on an apple tree. Go dig my grave both wide and deep; Put a marble stone at my head and feet.
io "Upon my finger a diamond ring To show the world I died for him. Upon my breast a turtle dove To show the world I died for love."
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Obtained in 1931 by Miss Kathryn Bowman, Detroit, from the singing of her aunt, Mrs. Peter Miller, West Branch, who had learned the song from hearing it in a lumber camp at West Branch.
A good text of eight stanzas.







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