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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."
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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