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Folk-Songs and Games with Descriptive Introduction, Notes, Sheeet music & Lyrics

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24                         The Play-Party in Indiana.
Billy Boy
a.                  "Oh where have you been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy, Oh where have you been, charming Billy?"
"I have been to see my wife, she's the darling of my life, She's a young thing and can not leave her mommy."
"How old is she, Billy Boy, Billy Boy,
How old is she, charming Billy?"
"Twice six, twice seven, twice forty and eleven,
She's a young thing and can not leave her mommy."
"Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy,
Can she bake a cherry pie, charming Billy?" "She can bake a cherry pie quick as cat can wink its eye,
She's a young thing and can not leave her mommy."
"(van she make a feather bed, Billy Boy, Billy Boy, Can she make a feather bed, charming Billy?"
'She can make a feather bed, with the pillows at the head, She's a young thing and can not leave her mommy."
"Did you ask her to wed, Billy Boy, Billy Boy,
Did you ask her to wed, charming Billy?" "I did ask her to wed, and this is what she said,
'I'm a young thing and can not leave my mommy!' '
b.       This is merely sung as a dialogue, the woman or girl question­ing and the boy answering the questions. It has no dance, so far as I can find. It is, however, a traditional folk-song and is dramatic.
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