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Naomi Wise

This song is by Clarence Ashley and appears on the compilation People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 (2007).

Poor Omie, poor Omie, poor little Omie Wise
How she was deluded by John Lewis's lies

He promised to meet her at Adams's Spring
He brang her some money, some other fine things

(?) light, she met him at Adams's Spring
He brought her no money, no other fine things

He brought her no money but he flattered the case
"We'll go and get married, it will be no disgrace"

She jumped up behind him and away they did go
Till they come to the river where deep water flow

"John Lewisie, John Lewisie, will you tell me your mind?"
"My mind is to drown you and leave you behind"

"Take pity on my infant and spare me my life
And let me (?) if I can't be your wife"

He kicked her he choked her, and he turned her around
Then he threw her in deep water where he knew she would drown




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