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(learned from folksinging and fingerpicking parties)

(music to go here)

I'm lonesome since I crossed the hill
And o'er the moor and valley
Such lonesome thoughts my heart do fill
Since parting from my Sally.
I seek no more the fine and gay
For each does but remind me
How swift the hours did pass away
With the girl I left behind me.

O, ne'er will I forget the night
The stars shone bright above me
And gently lent their silvery light
When first she vowed to love me.
But now I'm bound across the sea
So heaven guide me kindly
And send me safely back again
To the girl I left behind me.

My mind her beauty shall retain
In sleeping or in waking,ove me
Until I see my love again
For whom my heart is aching.
If e'er I do return that way
And she should not decline me
Then evermore I'll live and stay
With the girl I left behind me.

(from miriam berg's folksong collection)