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Thread #72121   Message #3568322
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
19-Oct-13 - 01:43 PM
Thread Name: Origins/ADD: Meet Me Tonight in the Moonlight
Subject: Lyr Add: MEET ME BY MOONLIGHT (Vance Randolph)
Another "ship on the ocean" version from Arkansas.


There is a fine ship on the ocean
All lined with a silvery hoard,
Its name is Abraham Lincoln
And I'm sure that my Willie's on board.

Oh meet me, oh meet me by moonlight,
Oh meet me by moonlight alone,
I have a sad story to tell you,
Must be by the moonlight alone.

Oh, where has my Willie now gone to?
He's out on the wild raging sea,
He's out on the ocean a-sailing,
And he'll never come back to me.

I wish I knew of an angel
To lend me his wings for to fly,
I'd fly to the arms of my Willie,
And there I would lay down and die.

P. 226-228, With music. Randolph compares with "The Prisoner's Song."
Vance Randolph, edit., Ozark Folksongs vol. 4.