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43 o         Ballads and Songs of Michigan
178 COMMON BILL
For text and references see Tolman and Eddy, ]AFL, XXXV, 363-364 See also Eddy, No. 49; Hudson, p. 107; Sandburg, pp. 62-63; Scarborough, pp. 308-310, and Stout; p. 90.
The present version was sung in 1934 by Mrs. Charles Muchler, Kalkaska, who learned the song from her older sisters when she was about nine years old.
I will tell you of a fellow, of a fellow I have seen. He is neither white or yellow, but is altogether green; His name it is not charming, it is only common Bill. He wishes me to marry him, but I hardly think I will; He wishes me to marry him, but I hardly think I will.
He came last night to see me, and he made so long a stay That I began to think the blockhead never meant to go away; At first I learned to hate him, and I think I hate him still; He wishes me to marry him, but I hardly t-hfnlr I will.







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