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Jim Random was out hunting, a-hunting in the dark; He shot at his true love and missed not his mark.
With a white apron pinned around her he took her for
a swan, He shot and killed her, and it was Mollie Bond.
He ran to her; these words to her he said; And a fountain of tears on her bosom he shed.
Saying, "Mollie, dear Mollie, you're the joy of my life; I always intended to make you my wife."
Jim ran to his uncle with his gun in his hand, Saying, "Uncle, dear uncle, I've killed Mollie Bond.
"With her apron pinned around her, I took her for a
swan; I shot and killed her, and it was Mollie Bond."
Up stepped his dear uncle with his locks all so gray, Saying, "Stay at home, Jimmie, and do not run away.
"Stay in your own country till your trial comes on; You shall not be molested if it costs me my farm."
The day of Jimmy's trial Mollie's ghost did appear, Saying to this jury, "Jim Random come clear!
"With my apron pinned around me he took me for a
swan, He shot and killed me and now I am gone."

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III