Girl I Left Behind Me, Lyric Variant 01, Copy 02


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Girl I Left Behind Me, Lyric Variant 01, Copy 02


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in excellent physical condition. The document was laminated.


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

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I. G. Greer


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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 wealthy gentlemen,
Who then lived in thosev parts.
He had a lovely daughter
And I had gained her heart.
And she was noble minded, too,
Haughty, full and fair.
With Columbus 'fairest daughter
She truly would compare.

I told her my intention was
Quite soon to cross the Main,
I said, "Will you be faithful till I return again?"
Big drops of tears were in her eyes.
Her bosom heaved a sigh.
She said, "Dear youth, fear not for me,
My love can never die."

To Danfordtown I first set out
To England, beautiful land,
Where handsome Elizabeth soon took me by the and.
She said, "I've gold in plenty.
In love with you I be
The gold that I possess is yours
If you will marry me."

To this I soon consented,
I own it to my shame.
For what man can be happy
When he knows himself to blame?
It's true I've gold in plenty.
My wife is true and kind
But still my pillow's haunted
By the girl I left behind.

My father in his winding sheet
My Mother, too ,appears.
The girl I loved stands by my side
A kissing off the tears.
They all have died of broken hearts,
And now too late I find
Dear God hath seen my cruelty
To the girl I left behind.

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Girl I Left Behind Me, Lyric Variant 01, Copy 02

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

216 mm x 279 mm

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Paul L. Robertson