The Railroad Boy (Traditional)

She went upstairs to make her bed
And not a word to her mother said
Her mother she went upstairs too
Saying "Daughter oh daughter, what's troubling you?"

"Oh Mother dear, I cannot tell
it's that Railroad Boy that I love so well
He's courted me my life away
and now at home he will not stay"

"There is a place in London town
That Railroad Boy goes and sits down
He takes a strange girl on his knee
And he tells to her what he won’t tell me"

Her father he came home from work
saying "Where’s my daughter? She seems so hurt"
He went upstairs to give her hope
And he found her hanging by a rope

He took a knife and he cut her down,
And on her bosom these words he found

"Go dig my grave both wide and deep
Witn a marble stone on my head and feet
And at my breast put a white small dove
To tell the world that I died of love."

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    General CommentSimple and touching. Another number on my LP I played down to sandy noise. But I suspect the girl was misled with false whispers. She could not have seen her boy in that place with "a strange girl on his knee" with her own eyes, could she?
    vphion September 14, 2009   Link

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