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​Maggie Walker Blues

This song is by Doc Watson and appears on the compilation Old Time Music At Clarence Ashley's (1961).

My parents raised me tenderly
They had no child but me
My mind being placed on rambling
With them I couldn't agree
Just to leave my aged parents
And them no more to see

There was a wealthy gentleman
Who lived there very near by
He had a beautiful daughter
On her I cast an eye
She was so tall and slender
So pretty and so fair
There never was a girl in this whole wide world
With her I could compare

I asked her if it differed
If I crossed over the plain
She said, "It makes no difference
If you never return again"
We too shook hands and parted
And I left my girl behind

I started out in this wide world
Strange faces for to see
I met little Maggie Walker
And she fell in love with me
Her pockets all lined with greenback
And her labor I'll grow old
Now if you'll consent to marry me
I'll say I'll roam no more

I traveled out one morning
To the salt works I were bound
And when I reached the salt works
I viewed the city all around
Work and money were plentiful
And the girls all kind to me
But the only object to my heart
Was a girl in Tennessee

I traveled out one morning
Down on the market square
The mail train being on arrival
I met the carrier there
He handed me a letter
So's I could understand
That the girl I left in Tennessee
Had married another man

I drove on down a little further
And found that it was true
I turned my horse and buggy around
But I didn't know what to do
I turned all around and about there
Bad company I'll resign
I'll drive all about from town to town
For the girl I left behind