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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleBaltimore
Roud No.18399
Collected FromHamlet, Mark
LocationDucklington
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 3 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 255
Source SecondaryUnpublished
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

One evening in the month of June,
The stars shone bright, the sky was clear,
The darkie played a good old tune,
He lightly touched his banjo string,
Beneath the window that she might hear,
And soon the shutters back did swing,
And there he saw his Sally dear.

Chorus

Then come, then come, you need not fear!
My boat lies on the other shore,
And all I want is Sally dear,
And I'll be off to Baltimore.

Verse 2

Her hair it floated in the breeze,
And hung around her sable cheek,
I really thought that I should freeze,
If my sweet Sally did not speak.
But soon her silvery voice I heard,
'Twas music to this darkie's ear,
I listened to catch every word,
That fell from the lips of Sally dear.

Chorus

Verse 3

I shall never forget, till the day I die,
What my sweet Sally spoke to me:
She said she'd meet me by and by,
If I would wait by the old pine tree;
She was not long before she came,
Her band box filled with all her store,
She says - 'For you I've left my home,
To go with you to Baltimore.'
 
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Notes
Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2007.

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