Garden Gate, Lyric Variant 03


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Garden Gate, Lyric Variant 03


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There are staple holes at the upper left corner.


Folk songs, English -- United States Courtship -- Songs and music Love -- Songs and music Elopement -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

Just Down to the Gate


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Just Going Down to the Gate.

My sweet heart's a shy little fairy.
Her age is just seventeen.
Her parents say she is too airy,
But a sweeter girl never was seen.
At night she steals out from the cottage
Her mother calls after her: Kate,
She answers: Dear Ma, I am not going far,
I'm just going down to the gate.

Just going down to the gate, dear Ma,
Just down to the old garden gate.
The moon is so bright, it's such a nice night,
I'm just going down to the gate.

Of course, at the gate I am wai/ntig,
And sweet are the words that we say,
While within, the old folks are debating
As to when thay shall move in May.
Sometimes thay call gently for Katie.
She answers: Dear Ma, 'tis not late.
There's no sign of storm and the night is so arm
I love to stand here at the gate.

They say she's too young to be married,
But with them we do not agree.
Love's message to Katie I carried.
A kiss was the answer for me.
We'll wander along in the moonlight.
Much longer I'm sure I can't wait.
Some night by-and-by to a preacher we'll fly
When Katie comes down to the gate.

Classification Title

Garden Gate, Lyric Variant 03

Document Title

Just Going Down to the Gate

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Folk Lyric - 319

Dimensions - Original

191 mm x 254 mm

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Paul L. Robertson