Girl I Left Behind Me, Lyric Variant 01, Copy 01


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Girl I Left Behind Me, Lyric Variant 01, Copy 01


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper left corner, the lower right corner, and the lower left corner were folded into the laminate. There is major lamination-related creasing on the document. There are stains of unknown origin at the lower right corner.


Ballads, English Ballads, Scots Courtship -- Songs and music Betrothal -- Songs and music Migrant workers -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

Maggie Walker. The Maid I Left Behind. The Tennessee Girl. My Parents Reared Me Tenderly


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created



I. G. Greer


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Till the Evening of life cherish the Rememberance of a friend..

Jane. Eller.

The Girl I left behind..

My parents raised me tenderly they
Had no child but me. my mind was
bent on gambling with them it did not
agree so I became a roving son it
grieves my heart full sore I left
My aged parents dear to see them
never more.
There was a welthy gentleman
Who then lived in those parts he
Had a lovely daughter and I had
gained her heart and she was noble
minded to haughty full and fair
with Cloumbus fairest daughter
She truly would compair.
I told her my intention was quite
soon to cross the main I said will
you be faithful till I return a

Classification Title

Girl I Left Behind Me, Lyric Variant 01

Document Title

The Girl I Left Behind

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 145 Randolph, 64 Laws, P 1 Cox, 85 Combs, 111 Sharp, 96

Dimensions - Original

212 mm x 355 mm

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Paul L. Robertson