English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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The Two Sisters
12   O what will we do with her hair so long ? We'll take it and we'll make harp strings.
13   O the farmer was hung by the gallows so high, And the sister was burned by the stake close by.
Sung by Mr. Wesley Batten at Mount Fair, Albermarle County, Va., Sept. 22, 1916
2   There came a young man a-courting there, And he made the choice of the youngest there.
3   He made her a present of a beaver's hat, The oldest thought a heap of that.
4  O sister, O sister, just walk out
To see those vessels a-sailing about.
5   The oldest pushed the youngest in. She did struggle and she did swim.
6   O sister, O sister, give me your hand, And I will give you my house and land.
7   I will not give you my hand,
But I will marry that young man.
8   The miller picked up his drab hook, And then he fished her out of the brook.