English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 96
My Parents Treated Me Tenderly
2   My parents did treat me tenderly, They had no child but me,
But my mind was bent on roving, With them I couldn't agree.
3   There was a noble gentleman In yonder town drew nigh ; He had one only daughter, On her I cast my eye.
4   She was young and tall and handsome, Most beautiful and fair;
There wasn't a girl in that whole town With her I could compare.
5   I told her my intention ; It was to cross the main.
It's, love, will you prove faithful Till I return again?
6   She said she would prove faithful Till death did prove unkind.
We kissed, shook hands and parted, I left my girl behind.
7   It's when I left old Ireland, To Scotland I was bound. I'll march from Zion to me To view the country round.
8  The girls were fair and plenty there And all to me proved kind,
But the dearest object of my heart Was the girl I left behind.