English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 103
Come All You Young and Handsome Girls
2   I know that the minds of girls are weak And the minds of boys are strong, And if you listen to their advice, They will sure advise you wrong.
3   They will tell you that they love you dear, And wish you safe from harm ;
Before they will betray their thought, They would give up their right arm.
4   When I was in my sixteenth year, And Willie courted me,
He said if I would go with him His loving wife I would be.
5   My heart it was confined to him, I could not well say No ;
I thought I knew him to be my friend, And away with him I did go.
6   When I was far away from home, It was my happiest life.
He said to me: You may go back home, You cannot be my wife.
7   My father he was kind to me, My mother she loved me dear.
You know you have persuaded me away; How can you leave me here ?
8   Nellie, Nellie, my darling girl, No fault I find with you ;
I am bound to ramble all around; Now I bid you adieu.