Common Bill, Lyric Variant 01
 


Citation

“Common Bill, Lyric Variant 01,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed July 1, 2022, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31434.


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Title

Common Bill, Lyric Variant 01

Description

One leaf typewritten and handwritten in pencil on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The lower right corner was folded into the laminate. There is a paper clip rust stain at the upper left corner. There is a paper clip-related tear at the upper left corner. There is a moderate tear at the upper left edge. There is a minor tear at the lower right edge. There is some significant staining of unknown origin on the lower half of the document. There is minor staining of unknown origin throughout the document. The document was folded both horizontally and vertically into eighths, possibly for mailing. There is a "3" handwritten in pencil at the upper left corner.

Subject

Ballads, English Courtship -- Songs and music Nonsense songs

Alternative Title

Silly Billy

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created

4/30/2007

Contributor

I. G. Greer

Rights

The images and audio files contained in the "So Mote It Ever Be: The Folksong Heritage of North Carolina's Northern Blue Ridge Mountains" collection are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that proper citation is used (e.g. I. G. Greer/W. Amos Abrams Manuscript Files Series, Folksong Files Subseries. W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Special Collections. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC). Any commercial use of the materials without the written permission of Appalachian State University is strictly prohibited. Please contact the Appalachian State University W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection with specific questions or with requests for further information.

Format

pdf

Language

English
English

Type

Typescript, Manuscript

Transcription

Common Bill

I’m in love with a fellow, a fellow you have seen,
Who is neither white nor yellow, but is altogether green
His name is not so charming-- it is only common Bill,
He asked me to wed him, but I hardly think I will.

Cho-
He whispers of devotion, devotion pure and deep,
It sounds so mighty silly that I almost fall asleep.
He thinks it would be pleasant as we journey down the hill,
To go hand in hand together, but I hardly think I will.

Cho

He tells me of a cottage among the grass and trees,
And don’t you think that fellow tumbled down upon his knees,
The tears the creature wasted was enough to turn a mill,
He asked me for wed him, but I hardly think I will.

Cho

He came last night to see me and made so long a stay
I began to think the blockhead would never go away.
At first I learned to hate him, and I know I’ll hate him still,
He asked me to wed him, but I hardly think I will.

Cho

I’m sure I would not choose him if it were in my power,
But he said if I refused him, he could not live an hour.
Now you know the Bible teaches it is very wrong to kill,
So I thought the matter over and I ‘spect I’ll marry Bill.

Chorus
Poor Bill, poor silly Bill,
He urges me to marry him,
But I hardly think I will.

Classification Title

Common Bill, Lyric Variant 01

Document Title

Common Bill

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Older Ballads - 195 Randolph, 119

Dimensions - Original

215 mm x 277 mm

Upload Date

2013-10-18

File name

113_CommonBill_Lyric_01_ocr

Transcription Date

2006-06-23

Transcribed By

Paul L. Robertson

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