English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 43
The Holly Twig
1   When I was a bachelor bold and brave,
I wanted for nothing my heart could crave;
But kisses and guineas I made them fly,
I slipped on my beaver hat and who was like I ?
or When I was a bachelor bold and young, I courted a girl with a flattering tongue ; The kisses I give her was a hundred and ten, Promised to marry, but didn't tell her when.
2   Monday, boys, I got me a wife, Hoping to lead a better life;
But to my surprise I found it not so, And all my pleasure turned to woe.
3   Tuesday, boys, to my surprise, Just before the sun did rise,
She riz in a fit and scolded me more Than ever I was scolded before.
4   Wednesday, boys, I went to the woods
To get me some hickories to make her good.
As I passed by the willow so green,
I cut me the toughest that ever was seen.
5   Thursday, boys, I laid them by, Resolving Friday for to try.
If she's no better the better may be,
The devil may take her and keep her for me.