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Thread #156509 Message #4167570
Posted By: Lighter
14-Mar-23 - 07:15 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Sourwood Mountain origins?
Subject: RE: Origins: Sourwood Mountain origins?
"Mountain Minstrelsy," Berea Quarterly (Apr. 1905), with tune. From the Kentucky mountains:
Chickens a crowin' in the sourwood mountain,
So many pretty girls I can't count 'em,
My true love lives up in the head of a holler,
(Repeat Ho-de-ing, etc.)
She won't come and I won't call 'er.
My true love lives up in Letcher,
She won't come and I won't fetch 'er.
(My true love lives in Magoffin,
She lives so far I can't see her often.)
My true love lives over the river,
A hop and skip, and I'll be with 'er.
My true love, she's a blue-eyed dandy,
A kiss from her is sweeter than candy.
My true love, she's a black-eyed daisy,
If I don't get her, I'll go crazy.
Rack my Jinny up the Sourwood Mountain,
So many miles 'at I can't count 'em.