Common Bill, Lyric Variant 05


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Common Bill, Lyric Variant 05


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There is a major lamination-related crease running vertically through the center of the document. The upper and lower left corners were folded into the laminate. The document was folded horizontally into fourths, possibly for mailing. There are six textual corrections, handwritten in black ink. The document is a carbon duplicate.


Ballads, English -- North Carolina Courtship -- Songs and music Nonsense songs

Alternative Title

Silly Billy


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Common Bill

I’m in love with a feller, a feller you have seen,
Who is neither white nor yeller, 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.

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

He whispers of devotion, devotion pure and deep,
It sounds so mighty silly that I almost fell 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 feller tumbled down upon his knees,
The tears the creature wasted was enough to turn a mill,
He asked me tor 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 is very wrong to kill,
So I thought the matter over and I ‘spect I’ll marry Bill.

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Common Bill, Lyric Variant 05

Document Title

Common Bill

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Older Ballads - 195 Randolph, 119

Dimensions - Original

208 mm x 273 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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