Common Bill, Lyric Variant 03


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Common Bill, Lyric Variant 03


One leaf typewritten in blue ink on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. Each corner was folded into the laminate. There is a minor tear at the lower right edge. There is acid-releated staining at the upper left corner.


Ballads, English Courtship -- Songs and music Nonsense songs

Alternative Title

Silly Billy


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created



I. G. Greer


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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's very wrong to kill,
So I thought the matter over and I 'spect I'll marry Bill.


Poor Bill, poor silly Bill, he urged me to wed him,
But I hardly think I will.

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Common Bill, Lyric Variant 03

Document Title

Common Bill

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Older Ballads - 195 Randolph, 119

Dimensions - Original

214 mm x 327 mm

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Paul L. Robertson