English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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The False Young Man
seat - ed my - self in a green sha - dy grove To see two lov - ers meet.
2   To see two lovers meet, my dear, And to hear what they might say,
For I wanted to know a piece of their mind Before I went away.
3   Come sit you down, my own true love, Come sit you down by me,
For it has been three-fourths of a long, long year Since together we have been.
4   I can't sit down and I won't sit down, For I have not a moment of time,
And perhaps you have another true love And your heart's no longer mine.
5   You know what you told me, love, You know what you said,
You know what you promised me When another true love was dead.
6   You made me believe by the faults you swore With your arms all around my waist,
You made me believe by the faults you swore, That the sun did rise in the west.
7   That the sun did arise in the west, my dear, And turns square back to the east;
But once again I've come to myself And I find you are a thief.
8   I never will believe what another boy says, Let his eyes be dark or brown,
Unless he's upon a high gallows top, Saying : Love, I'd rather come down.
9   I'd rather not be hung;
For the words of a young boy Are too hard to believe, For they li-ee to every one.