Old Smoky, Lyric Variant 03


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Old Smoky, Lyric Variant 03


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There is lamination-related creasing on the document. The lower right corner was folded into the laminate. There is a paper clip rust stain at the upper left corner. There is a second rust stain at the middle left edge. There are minor stains of unknown origin at the lower left corner. There is a minor tear at the middle right edge. There is a minor tear at the left lower edge.


Folk songs, American Abusive parents -- Songs and music Courtship -- Songs and music Mountains -- Songs and music

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On Top of Old Smokie. On Top of the Smokies All Covered with Snow. On Top of Old Smokies. Advice to Girls. Pretty Polly. Pretty Polly. I'm Going Away


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Old Smokey
On top of old Smokey
All covered with snow,
I lost my true lover
By courting too slow.

Courting is a pleasure
Parting is grief,
But hard-hearted parents,
Are worse than a thief.

Your parents are against me
And mine are against you.
But, Nancy, I love you
Whatever I do.

I am going now to leave you,
And tell you goodbye,
And leave you weeping
On Smokey so high.

It’s a raining
It’s a hailing,
The moon gives no light
Your hoss can’t see to travel
This dark lonesome night.

My hoss he is hungry,
But he won’t eat your hay,
Your Daddy’s so darn stingy,
I’ll be on my way.

Old Smokey, old Smokey,
Keep watch o’er my love,
She’s as true as your mountains
And as pure as a dove.

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Old Smoky, Lyric Variant 03

Document Title

Old Smokey

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Folk Lyric - 253

Dimensions - Original

216 mm x 280 mm

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Alexandra S. Toomey

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