Billy Grimes the Drover, Lyric Variant 04


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Billy Grimes the Drover, Lyric Variant 04


One half leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in excellent physical condition. The document was laminated. The top right corner was folded into the laminate. There is one textual correction. The document is a carbon duplicate.


Ballads, English Courtship -- Songs and music Avarice -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

Billy Grimes


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Billy Grimes, the Drover

“To-morrow morn I'm sweet sixteen, and Billy Grimes, the rover,
Has popped the question to me Ma, and wants to be my lover,
To-morrow morn, he says, Mamma, he's coming bright and early,
To take a pleasant trip with me across the fields of Barley”.

“You must not go, my daughter, dear, it is no use a-talking,
You cannot go across the field with Billy Grimes a walking.
To think of his presumption now, the dirty, ugly drover!
I wonder where your pride has gone to think of such a lover.”

“Old Grimes is dead, you know, Mamma, and Billy is so lonely,
Besides, they say, too, Grimes has said, that Billy is the only.
So he'll be heir to all he's left, and that they say is nearly
A good ten thousand dollars worth, and about six hundred yearly."

“I did not hear, my daughter dear, your last remarks quite clearly.
But Billy is a clever lad, and no doubt loves you dearly.
Be ready then tomorrow morn and be up bright and early,
To take a pleasant walk with him across the fields of Barley.”

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Billy Grimes the Drover, Lyric Variant 04

Document Title

Billy Grimes, the Drover

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Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 193

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209 mm x 175 mm

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Paul L. Robertson