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Thread #54252   Message #839181
Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Dec-02 - 06:38 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Darlin' Corey / Little Maggie
Subject: ADD Version: Darling Corey
These versions are all pretty close to one another, but I think it's worthwhile to see the differences. They tunes are all pretty much what we have in the Digital Tradition. I found another version of the lyrics in the Weavers Song Book, and another variation on the recording by the Cumberland Three, but I think maybe enough is enough. Because of its source, I do thing the following version is significant.

This is from Our Singing Country (John and Alan Lomax, 1941). The other Lomax books were unclear as to the sources of the song, but this version was from the singing of Aunt Molly Jackson.

DARLING COREY

1. Wake up, wake up, darling Corey,
what makes you sleep so sound?
The revenue officers is a-comin'
To tear your stillhouse down.

2. Go away from me, darling Corey,
Quit hanging around my bed,
Pretty women run me distracted,
Corn liquor's killed me stone-dead.

3. The last time I saw darling Corey,
She had a dram glass in her hand;
She was drinkin' down her troubles
With that low-down, dirty man.

4. Last night as I lay on my pillow,
Last night as I lay on my bed,
Last night as I lay on my pillow,
I dreamed darling Corey was dead.

5. I'm going across deep waters,
I'm going across the sea,
I'm going across deep waters,
Going to bring darling Corey to me.

6. Go and dig me a hole in the meadow,
Go and dig me a hole in the ground,
Go and dig me a hole in the meadow,
Just to lay darling Corey down.

7.Don't you hear them bluebirds singing,
Don't you hear that mournful sound,
They're preaching darling Corey's funeral
In the lonesome graveyard ground.

8. The last time I saw darling Corey,
She had a wineglass in her hand,
She was drinking down her troubles
With a low-down, sorry man.