English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

122 Songs and Ballads, and 323 Tunes With Lyrics & sheet Music - online book

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Awake! Awake!
7  It's rise you up, love, come and pity me,
For I'm going away to some sandy river bottom,
And while I spend my days, my weeks, my months and years,
I'll eat nothing but green willow and drink nothing but my tears.
8   Come back, come back, my love, and let me tell you. If you will go with me,
I will forsake both father and mother
And go along with you and spend my life for ever.
2   O Willie dear, it's no use to ask him. He's in his room and taking his rest. By his side a golden dagger
To kill the one that I love best.
3   O Katie dear, go ask your mother If you may be a bride of mine;
If she says No, please come and tell me; And I'll no longer trouble you.
4  O Willie dear, it's no use to ask. She's in her room and taking her rest. By her side a silver dagger
To kill the one that I love best.
5   O he picked up a silver dagger,
He pierced it through his wounded breast. Farewell, Kitty, farewell, darling, I'll die for the one that I love best.
6   She picked up the bloody weapon,
She pierced it through her snow-white breast. Farewell, mamma, farewell papa, I'll go with the one that I love best.