English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 36
The Brown Girl A
2   There was a poor doctor who lived hard by, And on this fair damsel he cast his eye. Fine Sally, fine Sally, fine Sally, says he,
Can you tell me the reason our love can't agree ? I don't hate you, Billy, nor no other man, But to tell you I love you I never can.
3   Fine Sally took sick and she knew not for why,
And she sent for this young man that she was to deny. He says: Am I the doctor that you have sent for, Or am I the young man that you once did deny ? Yes, you are the doctor can kill or can cure And without your assistance I'm ruined, I'm sure.
4  Fine Sally, fine Sally, fine Sally, says he, Don't you remember when you slighted me ? You slighted me highly, you used me with scorn, And now I reward you for what's passed and gone.
5   What's passed and gone, love, forget and forgive, And spare me a while longer in this wide world to live. I don't want you, Sally, in the durance of my breath,
But I'll dance on your grave when you're laid in the earth.