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​Pretty Polly

This song is by B.F. Shelton and appears on the compilation Before the Blues, Volume 1 (1996).

Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly would you think it unkind
Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly would you think it unkind
If I sat down beside you and told you my mind?

I courted Pretty Polly the live-long night
I courted Pretty Polly the live-long night
Until it was next morning before it was light

I led her over hills to valleys so deep
I led her over hills to the valley so deep
At last Pretty Polly's beginning to weep

"Come on Pretty Polly, and go along with me
Come on Pretty Polly, and go along with me
Before we get married, some pleasure to see

Oh Willie, sweet Willie, I fear from your ways
Oh Willy, oh Willy, I fear from your ways
The way you are ramblin' it's making me afraid

She went a piece farther (to) see what she could spy
She went a piece farther (to) see what she could spy
A new dug grave and a spade lying by

Had no time *weep and no time there to stand
Had no time weep and no time there to stand
He drew a knife holding in his right hand

"Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, you're guessing just right
Pretty Polly, Pretty Polly, you're guessing about right
I dug on your grave six long hours all last night

She threw her arms around him and suffered no tears
She threw her arms around him and suffered no tears
How can you kill a girl that loves you so dear?

He stabbed her through the heart, her hearts blood did flow
He stabbed her through the heart, her hearts blood it did flow
And into the grave Prettty Polly did go

Oh Willie, sweet Willie turn loose my hand
Willie, sweet Willie turn loose my hand
You see my heart's blood running around where you stand

He threw the dirt over her and turned to go home
Threw the dirt over her and turned to go home
Leaving nothing behind him but the birds for to mourn