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Posted By: Richie
21-Jun-12 - 10:37 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
I'm posting the version collected by my grandfather in 1933 from dulcimer maker Nathan Hicks, father in-law of Frank Proffitt. The Hicks family were prominent tradition bearers in the that region. My grandfather helped Frank Warner buy a dulcimer from Hicks.

To listen to my recording of Hicks' version on which I played his dulcimer:http://bluegrassmessengers.com/george-colon--nathan-hicks-nc-1933.aspx

I only have one recording of Nathan Hicks- he's playing George Colon- I'll have to find it and post later.

George Colon- Nathan Hicks (Sugar Grove, Beech Mountain NC) July 31, 1933. Collected by Maurice Matteson


George Colon rode home one cold winter night,
George Colon rode home so fine,
George Colon rode home one cold winter night,
George Colon took sick and died.

He left poor Omy in yonder room,
A sewing her silks so fine,
But when she heard that George was dead,
She laid her silks aside.

Unscrew the coffin, take of the lid,
Lay back the linen so fine,
And let me kiss his cold clay lips,
For I'm sure he'll never kiss mine.