Black Jack Davey

Cat. #0118 (MFH #39) - As sung by Mrs. Lula Davis, Fayettville, Arkansas on June 14, 1958

VERSE 1
Black Jack Davey came a riding o'er th plains
Singing his song so gaily-o
He sang so loud he made the echoes ring
And charmed th heart of a lady-o

VERSE 2
O, will you forsake your house and home
Will you forsake your baby-o
Will you forsake th one that loves you
And go with Black Jack Davy-o

VERSE 3
O, yes, I'll forsake my house and home
Yes, I'll forsake my baby-o
Yes, I'll forsake th one loves me
To go with Black Jack Davey-o

VERSE 4
Then, pull off that little black glove you wear
Made out'a that Spanish leather-o
Place your little white hand in mine
And here we'll part forever-o

VERSE 5
She pulled off th little black glove she wore
Made out'a that Spanish leather-o
She placed her little white hand in his
And there they parted forever-o

VERSE 6
Well, they rode all night and they rode all day
Till th sun set in th evening-o
Then they came to a broad salt lake
That looked so dark and dreary-o

VERSE 7
Last night I slept on a new feather bed
Beside'a my darling baby-o
Tonight I'll sleep on an all hay bed
With the gypses piled ole around me-o

VERSE 8
O, once I had a home so fine
And jewels very costly-o
Now I set me down in rags
By the side of the gypsy draily-o

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