Nelly Was a Lady

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Melody - Stephen C. Foster, 1849; Seq. by Werner Tomaschewski
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Stephen C. Foster, 1849

Down on de Mississippi floating,
Long time I trabble on de way,
All night de cotton-wood a toting,
Sing for my true-lub all de day.
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|: Nelly was a Lady
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell
My dark Virginny bride. :|

2. Now Iím unhappy and Iím weeping,
Canít tote de cotton-wood no more;
Last night, while Nelly was a sleeping,
Death came a knockin at the door.
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3. When I saw my Nelly in de morning,
Smile till she openíd up her eyes,
Seemíd like de light ob day a dawning,
Jist ífore de sun begin to rise.
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4. Close by de margin ob de water,
Whar de lone weeping willow grows,
Dar libíd Virginnyís lubly daughter;
Dar she in death may find repose.
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5. Down in de meadow mong de clober,
Walk wid my Nelly by my side;
Now all dem happy days am ober,
Farewell my dark Virginny bride.
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