Over the Garden Wall


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Over the Garden Wall


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper right corner was folded into the laminate. There is a minor tear at the right upper edge. There is a minor tear at the lower right edge. The document is a carbon duplicate.


Folk songs, English Courtship -- Songs and music Elopement -- Songs and music Fathers and daughters -- Songs and music


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Over The Garden Wall
Oh, my love stood under the walnut tree,
Over the garden wall
And whispered and sang she’d be true to me,
Over the garden wall.
She’d beautiful eyes and beautiful hair,
She was not very tall so she stood in a chair,
And many a time have I kissed her there,
Over the garden wall.
Over the garden wall, the sweetest girl of all
There never were yet such eyes of jet
And you can bet I’ll never forget
The night our lips in kisses met
Over the garden wall.

Her father stamped and her father raved,
Over the garden wall.
And like an old mad man he behaved
Over the garden wall.
She made a bouquet of roses red and
I popped up my head,
But he gave me a bucket of water instead
Over the garden wall.

One day I jumped down on the other side
Over the garden wall,
And she bravely promised to be my bride
Over the garden wall.
She screamed in a fright, here’s father quick,
I have an impression he’s bringing a stick,
But I brought the impression of half a brick
Over the garden wall.

Where there’s a will, there’s always a way
Over the garden wall
There’s always a night as well as a day
Over the garden wall.
We hadn’t much money but weddings are cheap
So while the old fellow was snoring asleep
With a lad and a ladder she managed to creep
Over the garden wall.

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Over the Garden Wall

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Over the Garden Wall

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Brown, Additional Songs - 714 Randolph, 867

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218 mm x 357 mm

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Leila E. Weinstein