My father learned this from a friend about 1900.
Mr. D.C. Michael Chloe Michael
October 24, 1937
The Tennessee Girl
My parents treated me tenderly, they had no
child but me
Since father's been out rowing, he and I
And I left my aged parents, and them I
never shall see.
There was a wealthy farmer who lived
very close by
He had a handsome daughter on whom I
cast an eye
She was so long and slender, so handsome
and so fair
There's never been a girl in this wide world
with her I could compare.
I asked if it made any difference if I
crossed over the plain.
She says, "It makes no difference, if you'll
So we shook hands and parted, and I
left my girl behind.
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