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Kittredge (JAFL, XXXV, 387, note) observes that "Katy Mory" in fifteen stanzas, the last two quite free in their nature, occurs in an American broadside of about 1830. For text and references see JAFL, XXXV, 385-387. See also Eddy, No. 6; Owens, JAFL, XLIX, 232-233; Sharp, II, 119-121; and Shoemaker, pp. 130-132. The ballad is probably a modern version of "The Baffled Knight" (Child, No. 112). The present version was sung in 1935 by Mr. Frank Madison, Grattan Center.
i Come gentlemen and ladies all, Come listen to my story. I'll tell you how I formed a plan
0  to ruin young Kitty O'Noory. Ri-too-roddle-ling-i-a-a-a, Ri-too-roddle-ling-i-o.
2 I went down to her father's house, Just like some honest fellow;
1  told her that the plums were ripe, And a-getting very mellow.

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