East Virginia Blues

I was born and raised
In East Virginia
North Carolina I did go

And there I met a fair young maiden
Her name and age I did not know

Oh her hair was of a light brown color
And her cheeks were rosy red
And on her breast she wore a lily
Where I longed to lay my head

Molly dear, go ask your mother
If you my bride might ever be
If she says no, come back and tell me
And I'll run away with thee

No I'll not go ask my mother
Where she lies on her bed of rest
In her hand she holds a dagger
To kill the man that I love best

The ocean's deep and I can't wade it
And I have no wings to fly
I'll just get some blue-eyed boatman
For to row me o'er the tide

I'll go back to East Virginia
North Carolina ain't my home
I'll go back to East Virginia
Leave old North Carolina alone

I don't want your green back dollar
I don't want your watch and chain
All I want is you my darling
Say you'll take me back again

For you know I'd like to see you
At my door you're welcome in
At my gate I'll always greet you
For you're the girl I tried to win

found on:
The Harry Smith Connection: A Live Tribute

words: traditional

last performed: October 25, 1997, Wolf Trap, Vienna, Virginia (Tweedy/Bennett)

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