Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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126          Ballads and Songs of Michigan
For an account of this song, which Barry ascribes to William Lorenzo Carter, of Benson or Bensontown, Vermont, before 1833, sec Phillips Barry, "Native Balladry in America," JAFL, XXII, 367-370,442, and "William Carter, the Ben­sontown Homer," XXV, 156-168. For other texts and references see Barry, Bulletin, VIII, 17-19. See also Cox, pp. 286-291; Finger, pp. 118-123; Flanders and Brown, pp. 35-38; Gray, pp. 94-97; Greenleaf and Mansfield, pp. 347"3485 Lomax, pp. 239-242; Sandburg, pp. 58-59, Spaeth, Weep Some More, My Lady, pp. 142-143; and Stout, pp. 51-53-
Version A was obtained in 1931 by Miss Kathryn Bowman, Detroit, from her aunt, Mrs. Peter Miller, West Branch.
1   Young Charlotte lived by the mountain side In a wild and lovely spot;
No dwellings there for three miles 'round, Except her father's cot.
2   'Twas oft on many a winter's eve Young swains would gather there, For her father kept a social cot, And she was very fair.
3 'Twas New Year's Eve, the sun had set, She watched with a restless eye; To the frosty windows she would go To see the sleighs go by.
4 In a village fifteen miles away There was a merry ball that night;

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