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Unhappy Love                        131
For somewhat similar texts see Carter, JAFL, XLVI, 35-36, and Eddy, No 152. See also the Michigan text "Farewell He," p. 130.
The present version was obtained in 1931 by Miss Kathryn Bowman, Detroit, from her aunt- Mrs. Peter Miller, West Branch; Mrs. Miller had written the song in a manuscript book after having heard it sung about 1895 in Connor's lumber camp, West Branch.
1    My love is on the ocean, O let him sink or swim, For in his own mind he thinks he's better than I am. He thinks that he can slide me as he shded two or three, But I've given him the mitten since he's gone back on me.
He comes like too cold weather, and off he goes like frost.
I sing and be merry, since now my beau I've lost.
I sing and be as merry as a bird up in the tree;
I'll rest when I'm weary since he's gone back on me.
2   The next time that I saw him, 'twas down in yonder grove; As quickly as he saw me he offered me his glove.
He thought I would accept it, but I quickly let him know That I'd given him the mitten since he's gone back on me.
3   Many the pleasant evenings together we have went, Many the pleasant evenings together we have spent. His talk was rather tender, and his watch was rather slow; Many's the time I told him to take his hat and go.
4   Go tell it to his mother; I set her heart at ease. I hear she is a lady that's very hard to please.
I hear that she speaks of me that's hardly ever done. Go tell it to her, I do not want her son!

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