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132 Ballads and Songs of Michigan
44 SEVEN LONG YEARS
For a vanation of this song see Campbell and Sharp, p. 256; Eddy, No 68, text D; and Fuson, p. 118.
The present version was communicated in 1916 by Miss Louise Griffiths, a student in Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti; she obtained it from Miss Florence Ott, Halltown, West Virginia, who had learned it from school children.
1 O seven long years I've been married; I wish. I had died an old maid,
For now I see nothing but trouble. My husband won't work at his trade.
Beautiful light o'er the ocean, Beautiful light o'er the sea, Beautiful light o'er the ocean, My love, I am waiting for thee.
2 I have to go down to the barroom And get him home if I can.
Young girls, you see nothing but trouble When once you are tied to a man.
3 I have to get up in the morning, Work hard and toil all the day; At night I have to get supper And put the dear children to bed.
4 If I had listened to mother,
I wouldn't have been here today; But I was so young and so foolish, I had to have my own way.
5 If I had the wings of an angel, Or like the wings of a dove, I'd fly across the wide ocean And light in the arms of my love.