My parents raised me tenderly
As they had no child but me.
But my mind was bent on roaming,
With them I couldn't agree.
There was a wealthy farmer
Who lived very close by.
And he had a handsome daughter
At whom I cast an eye.
She was soslim and slender,
So handsome and so fair,
There never was a girl in this round world
To whom I could compare.
I asked her if it make any difference
If I crossed over the plains.
She said it make no difference
If I'd return again.
Then we shook hands and parted,
And I left that girl behind.
Then I became a roamer.
Strange faces oft to see.
Till I met Miss Maggie Walker
Who fell in love with me.
Said "If you'll consent ot marry me
And say you'll roam no more,
YOur pockets shall be lined with silver
And labor you'll give o'er."
"No , Maggie, I can't marry you.
For I should be to blame;
For all of my connection
Would look on me with shame.
For I loved a girl in Tennessee
And she's engaged to me."
O, when I left Missouri
For the Salt Lake I was bound.
I got to Salt Lake City.
And viewed the city all around.
Labor and money were plenty,
And the girls to me proved kind,
But the only object of my heart was the girl I'd left behind.
While roving around one evening
Down at the public square,
The mail coach being arriven,
I met the driver there.
He handest me a letter
Which gave me to understand
That the girl I loved in Tennessee
Had married another man.
I read on down a little further
Till I found that this was true,
I turned all around and about there,
And didn't know what to do.
My horses I'll turn over,
Your company I'll resign,
And I'll rove around from town to town
For the girl I left behind.
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