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My Grandmother Lived on Yonder Green

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My Grandmother Lived on Yonder Green

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My Grandmother Lived on Yonder Green

My grandmother lived on yonder little green,
As fine an old lady as ever was seen.
She often cautioned me to take care-
Of all false young men to beware.
Timmy I, timmy um-tum, Timmy up-a-tah
      Of all false young men to beware.

And now, dear daughter, don't you believe,
For they will fib and cunningly deceive.
They will cruelly deceive you before you're aware,
Then away goes poor granny's care.
Timmy I, timmy um-tum, Timmy up-a-tah
      Then away goes poor granny's care.

The first to come courting was honest young Green
As fine a young gentleman as ever was seen,
But the words of my granny so rang in my head
I couldn't pay heed to a word he said.
Timmy I, timmy um-tum, Timmy up-a-tah
      I couldn't pay heed to a word he said.

The next to come courting was honest young Grove,
And with him I fell in a joyful love.
Such a joyful love as you needn't be afraid,
For 'tis better to get married than to die an old maid.
Timmy I, timmy um-tum, Timmy up-a-tah
     For 'tis better to get married than to die an old maid.

Oh, dear, what a fuss our old grannies make.
Thinks I to myself, there must be some mistake.
For if all old ladies of young men were afraid.
Why Granny herself would've died an old maid.
Timmy I, timmy um-tum, Timmy up-a-tah
     Why Granny herself would've died an old maid.

From Folk Songs Out of Wisconsin, Peters
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