English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 50
The Three Butchers A
2   They rode up on the mountain, The mountain being high. Dicky said to Johnson :
I heard a woman cry.
3   They looked off to the right And then to the left; Dicky seen a naked woman All chained down by herself.
4  Dicky, being kind
To all the female kind,
He wropt a great coat round her
And took her on behind.
5   They rode on a little piece farther To a certain point of the road.
She slapped three fingers over her eyes And gave three screams and a cry.
6   Out stepped seven robbers With weapons in their hands, Took Dicky by the bridle,
Said: Young man, your life is mine,
7   Johnson said to Dicky : Let's take wings and fly. Dicky said to Johnson: I'll die before I fly.
8   And from that morning Till the sun set that night, Dicky killed six of the robbers And made the seventh take flight.