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Down By Toms River

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Down By Toms River
(Richard Levine)

I've crossed the broad Rahway, I've forded the Batsto,
I've swum in the Millstone, I've followed the Hackensack,
Ramapo rusty, Metedeconk clear,
But down by Tom's River I courted my dear.

Lai, lai lai lee, lee, lee give me your hand (3x)
There's many a river that waters the land.

The Delaware always runs glossy and gliding,
The crooked Passaic runs weaving and winding,
The Raritan River, it runs to the sea,
She never will walk by Toms River with me.

She hugged me, she kissed me she called me her dandy,
The Shrewsbury's clear and the Navesink's sandy,
She hugged me she kissed me she called me her own,
But down by Toms River she left me alone.

Lai lai lai lee lee lee pole the boat on (3x)
My Toms River sweetheart has left me and gone.

The girls of the Shark oh they're fine and they're pretty,
The Manasquan also holds many a beauty,
The Salem it flows past girls by the score,
So down by Toms River I'll wander no more.

Lai lai lai lee lee lee give me your hand (3X0
There's many a river that waters the land.

to the tune of Down By the Brazos
copyright Richard Levine

There's also the Rivers of Nebrasks ( We crossed the broad Platte,
    We forded the Platte, We swum in the Platte etc.) RG
RL
July01
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