Daemon Lover, Lyric Variant 06


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Daemon Lover, Lyric Variant 06


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper left corner was folded into the laminate. There are minor stains of unknown origin throughout the document. There is some minor acid-related staining at the lower right corner. There are several textual corrections handwritten in pencil. The informant citation follows the song text. The song text contains elements of "The Lass of Roch Royal."


Ballads, English -- North Carolina Ballads, Scots -- North Carolina Adultery -- Songs and music Ocean travel -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

The House Carpenter (Said an Old True Love)


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created



I. G. Greer


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Forsaken House Carpenter

If you will forsake your house Carpenter.
And go away with me.
Ill take youn whewr the grass grows green.
On the banks of the sweet Enoree.

Or who will shoe my babys feet.
Who will glove its feet.
Or who will kiss its sweet little lips
When you are in a far off land.

She went away and dressed herself.
Most beautiful to behold.
And she rode through the town.
And shined like reverand gold.

She hadent been gone but about tow days.
Im sure it was not three.
Till she began to weep she wept and moaned.
She wept most bitterly.

Oh is it for my gold xforx you weep xerx
Or is it for my store.
Or is it for your your House Carpenter.
Whose face I'll see no more?

Its xisx not for your gold I weep.
Nor neither for your store.
But it is for my sweet little babe.
Whose faceIll see no more.

She hadent been gone but about three days.
Im surw it was not foure.
Till she sprang from the ship into the deep blue sea.
And sank for to rise no more.

Arthur K, Moore.

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Daemon Lover, Lyric Variant 06

Document Title

Forsaken House Carpenter


Arthur K. Moore, 1899-1982

Informant Note

student of Dr. Greer

Geographic Location

Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina

Scholarly Classification

Child, 243 Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 40

Dimensions - Original

213 mm x 274 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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