One night as the moon shone brightly
Said he, "Come let us wander
So arm in arm they wandered
Said he, "Those hills and valleys
"Oh Willie won't you tell me
Down on her knees she pleaded
Now Willie you tell my mother
"No I'll not tell your mother
(speaks) Now (pause) that's not all of it.
Down on her knees before him
He buried her quite lonely
Now all young men and women
History: Probably originating in the United States, since it is popular in Canada and the US but not found in the British Isles ( Fowke 1994 ).
Text notes: A seduction-murder ballad, probably fictional, though sometimes linked to the murder of Pearl Bryan in Kentucky in 1896.
Tune notes: Mary Dunphy and Therese White each sang a different tune, although both are in triple metre and have an abab stanza form. Leach also collected versions of this from Eddy Primroy of Pouch Cove and Theresa White of Port au Port
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