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Thread #40638   Message #4043003
Posted By: GUEST,Julia L
29-Mar-20 - 09:23 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Lay the Lily Low / Jack Munro
Subject: RE: Origins: Lay the Lily Low / Jack Munro
Just adding a Maine version for the record

Carrie Grover Gorham, ME 10/30/1941
Eloise Linscott Collection, Library of Congress
Transcription © 2013 Julia Lane

Oh Jack has gone a roving with troubles on his mind
For the leaving of his country and his darling girl behind

Oh lay, my lily, oh lay my lily-oh

She went into a tailor shop and dressed in man’s array
And she went on board of a man-o-war to wear her life away

Then up steps the old man and unto her did say
Oh you look just lIke my daughter who has lately run away

Oh I am not your daughter and neither do I know
For my home is in the highlands and they call me Jack Monroe

And when the battle was over, she took a circle round
And among the dead and wounded her darling boy she found

She took him in her arms and she carried him to the town
And she sent for London doctors to heal his bleeding wounds