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Thread #34525   Message #1194059
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
25-May-04 - 11:29 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Pretty Little Pink
Subject: RE: lyrics required, Pretty Little Pink
Unattributed "Mother Goose"

My little pink,
I suppose you think,
I cannot do without you,
I'll let you know
Before I go,
How little I care about you.

"Pretty Little Pink" as posted above by Stewie appears in Newell, W. W., "Games and Songs of American Children," first published in 1883. No. 175, from East Tennessee. "The manner of playing has not been obtained."
The second verse is slightly different, and a few words vary in the other verses.

My pretty little pink, I once did think
That you and I would marry,
But now I've lost all hope of that,
I can no longer tarry.

I've got my knapsack on my back,
My musket on my shoulder,
To march away to Quebec town,
To be a gallant soldier.

Where coffee grows on a white-oak tree,
And the rivers flow with brandy,
Where the boys are like a lump of gold,
And the girls as sweet as candy.

"In another version, Mexico was substituted for Quebec."
From the Dover reprint with new introduction and Index by Carl Withers, copyright 1963. Still being reprinted.

Coffee on a white-oak tree??