Went to See My Girl, Copy
 


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“Went to See My Girl, Copy,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed November 26, 2022, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31917.


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Title

Went to See My Girl, Copy

Description

This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.

Subject

Folk music
Courtship--Songs and music
Unrequited love--Songs and music
Letters--Songs and music

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Contributor

Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967

Format

PDF
Song texts

Language

English

Type

Text

Transcription

WENT TO SEE MY GIRL

I went to see my girl last night,
She looked most scornful.
I ask her to marry me, she would not marry me.
I begged and I pled till almost dawn of day,
Waiting for an answer, kind miss, what will you say?
If I have to answer I will take a single life,
I never thought it suited to be your wife.

In about three weeks or later this lady’s mind did change,
She wrote him a letter, kind sir, I am ashamed.
He wrote her another, sent it back in speed.
I once loved you, darling, I once loved you dear,
But now I have another I court both night and day.
And some lovely river bank, I throw you away,
And some lonely river bank, I haven’t long to stay.
I’ve lost my own true lover and now I am going away,
Then came a little bird through every bush and vine,
My pleasures would be doubled if you were only mine.

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113_WentToSeeMyGirl_Copy

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