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GUEST,henryp Folksongs about journeys/travel (35) RE: Folksongs about journeys/travel 13 Sep 17


Shirley Collins sings Higher Germanie

So, dearest Polly, the war it has begun,
And I must march along by the beating of the drum.
Come dress yourself all in your best and sail away with me;
I'll take you to the wars, my love, in Higher Germanie.

I'll buy Polly a pony and on it she shall ride,
I'll buy Polly a pony to ride all by my side.
We'll stop at every alehouse and drink when we get dry,
We'll be true to one each other and marry by and by.

From Mainly Norfolk

And the song translated to America - Across the Blue Mountains

One morning, one morning, one morning in May
I heard a married man to a young girl say,
Oh rise you up pretty Katy and go along with me,
Across the Blue Mountain to the Allegheny.

l'll buy you a horse, love, and saddle to ride,
I'll buy myself another to ride by your side.
We'll stop at every tavern and drink when we're dry
Across the Blue Mountain go Katy and I.


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