Pretty Polly
Beverley & the Clench Mountain Boys

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PRETTY POLLY (Trad)

Oh Polly, pretty Polly, would you take me unkind
Polly, pretty Polly, would you take me unkind
For you to set beside me and tell me your mind

Well my mind is to marry and never to part
My mind is to marry and never to part
The first time I saw you, you wounded my heart

Break

Well Polly pretty Polly, come and go along with me
Polly Pretty Polly come and go along with me
Before we get married some pleasure we'll see

Well he led her over mountains and valleys so deep
He led her over mountains and valleys so deep
Polly mistrusted and then began to weep

Sayin' Willie, little Willie, I'm afraid to of your ways
Willie, little Willie, I'm afraid of your ways
The way you've been rambling and leading me astray

Break

Then he led her a little farther and what did she spy
He led her a little farther and what did she spy
A new dug grave with a spade lying by

Oh Polly, pretty Polly, your guess is about right
Polly, pretty Polly, your guess is about right
I dug on your grave the biggest part of last night

Break

Then she knelt down before him a-pleading for her life
She knelt down before him a pleading for her life
Let me be a single girl if I can't be your wife

Oh Polly, pretty Polly that never can be
Polly, pretty Polly that never can be
Your past reputation's been trouble to me

Break

Then he opened up her bosom, as white as any snow
He opened up her bosom, as white as any snow
And stabbed to the heart and the blood it overflowed

Oh went down to the jailhouse and what did he say
He went to the jailhouse and what did he say
I've killed Pretty Polly and trying to get away