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GUEST,Pete Peterson Pro Slavery Songs (50) ADD: Darling Alalee 16 Jul 06

Well, there's "Darling Alalee" which I learned from the Blue Sky Boys, who recorded it some time in the late 1930s:


Oh Alalee, so dear to me,
She's gone forevermore
Our home was down in Tennessee
Before the cruel war

    Then carry me back to Tennessee,
    There is where I long to be
    Among the fields of yellow corn
    With darling Alalee

Oh why did I from day to day
Keep wishing to be free
And from my master run away
And leave my Alalee

They said that I'd be soon be free
And happy all the day
But if they'll take me back again
I'll never run away.

(Myself, I prefer Darling Nellie Gray, all five verses)

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