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"Good eve to you, fair maiden, my money does me no
good; If it were not for the alligators I would stay out in the
wood." "0 welcome, welcome, stranger, although our house is ■
plain; We never turn a stranger oufon the lakes of Ponchar-
She took me to her mother's house and treated me
quite well, Her hair in flowing ringlets around her shoulders fell. I tried to paint her beauty, but I found it was in vain, So beautiful was the creole girl on the lakes of Pon-
I asked her if she would marry me, she said that never
could be, She said she had a lover, and he was far at sea. She said she had a lover and true she would remain, Till he came back to her again on the lakes of Pon-
"Adieu, adieu, fair maiden, I never will see you more, I'll never forget your kindness in the cottage by the
shore. At home in social circles, our flaming bowls we'll drain, We'll drink to the health of the creole girl on the lakes
of Ponchartrain."