Mudcat Café message #438598 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #33059   Message #438598
Posted By: GUEST,Bruce O.
11-Apr-01 - 07:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Take Her Out of Pity/Old Maid's Song
Subject: Lyr Add: GO UP WEST
[Retyped. Songs of maids eager to be wedded or bedded are legion. This type is much rarer.]


Oh, where is the girl who will go up West with me,
And live in some deserted spot? Now happy we will be! [How?
We will build a little cottage, with the ground for the floor,
A deer skin for the window, and a slab for the door.

Will you go up West, will you go up West?
Oh, will you go up West with me?

I care not for riches, but a beautiful form,
I want her to be righteous and never raise a storm,
Her hair and her eyes, both black they must be,
Now if you know of such a girl, just speak to her for me.

She must not be afraid if a-hunting I should go,
To chase the bounding elk or the wild buffalo;
And if I should be reaping, and it looks like rain,
She must not be afraid to help get in the grain.

Come all you pretty fair maidens and list to what I say,
One year from this present time I am going far away,
And if I do not find such a girl to be my wife,
I am going out to "batch it" the rest of my life.

--- Potter Co., Pennsylvania, c 1881. [no tune]

[Cf. Going to the West thread]