Black Jack David come ridin' Through the woods,
Singin' so loud and merry
That the green hills allaround him rang,
And he charmed the heart of a lady,
And he charmed the heart of a lady.
How old are you ,my pretty little miss,
How old are you ,my lady?
She answered him with a “gee, he, he,
I'll be sixteen next Summer,
I'll be sixteen next Summer.
Come, go with me my pretty little miss,
Come, go with me me ,my lady;
I'll take you across the deep blue sea,
Where you never shall want for money,
Where you never shall want for money.
Wont you pull off those high heel shoes,
All made of Spanish leather;
Wont you put on some low heel shoes,
And we'll ride off together,
And we'll ride off together.
She soon pulled off those high heeled shoes,
All made of Spanish leather,
She put on those low heeled shoes,
And they rode off together,
And they rode off together.
'Twas late at night when the land-lord came,
Inquirin' for his lady.
He was posted by a fair young maid:
She's gone with Black Jack David,
She's gone with Black Jack David.
Go saddle me my noble steed,
Go bridle me my derby;
I'll ride to the east ,I'll ride to the west,
Or overtake my lady,
Or overtake my lady.
He rode till he came to the deep below,
The stream was deep and muddy.
Tears came tricklin' down his cheeks;
For there he spied his lady,
For there he spied his lady.
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