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Young Ladies
(Little Sparrow)
See Wyman and Brockway, "Lonesome Tunes," p. 5 5; Josephine McGill, "Folk Songs of the Kentucky Mountains," p. 23; Shearin and Combs, p. 26; Campbell and Sharp, No. 65; Cox, No. 140; Journal, XXIX, 183; W. J. Raine's "Land of the Saddle Bags," p. 124; Thomas, p. 82.
"Fair and Tender Ladies." Obtained from Miss Lib Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1929.
1. Come, all ye fair and tender ladies, Take warning how you court young men; They are like bright stars of a summer morning; They first appear and then they are gone.
2. They'll tell to you some loving stories And make you think they love you true; Straightway they'll go and court another And that is the love they have for you.
3.1 wish I never had a-courted;
If I had known that love was so hard to gain, I'd lock my heart in a box of gold And fasten it up with a silver chain.
4.1 wish I were a little sparrow Or some of those that fly so high; I'd fly away to my false true lover And while he'd talk, I would be by.