American version, from the 1850s
On Springfield Mountain, I once knew,|
A lad so handsome, of twenty two,
He had a girlfriend, neat and trim,
And as he loved her, she loved him.
Ray gu to roo nee ay,
Gu tu roo nee ay,
Gu tu roo nee ay, gu tu ro.
2. Once he was angling by a creek,|
A serpent bit him upon his cheek,
His girlie tried with gentle sips
To drain the pizen with her lips.
3. To close the story I am loath,
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