Missouri State University
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Willie Moore

Cat. #1542 (MFH #691) - As sung by David Krussel, Turners Station, Missouri on March 26, 1975

VERSE 1
Willie Moore was a King, his age twenty-one
He courted a damsel fair
O, her eyes were as bright as th diamonds after night
An' wavy black was 'er hair

VERSE 2
He courted her both night an' day
Till marry they did agree
When he came for her parents consent
They said, it never could be

VERSE 3
She threw herself in Willie Moore's arms
As of't times she'd done before
But little did he think, when they parted that night
That sweet Annie, he would see no more

VERSE 4
It was about th tenth of May
This time I remember well
That very same night, her body disappeared
In a way, no tongue can tell

VERSE 5
Sweet Annie, was loved both far an near
Had friends, most all around
An' in little brook, before th cottage door
Th body of sweet Annie was found

VERSE 6
She was taken by her weepin' friends
An' carried to her parents room
An' there she was dressed in a shroud of snowy white
An' laid in a lonesem tomb

VERSE 7
Her parents are now, are left all alone
One weeps an' th other mourns
In a grassy mound, before th cottage door
Th body of sweet Annie is found

VERSE 8
This song was composed in th cloudy west
By a man you may never have seen
O, I'll tell you his name but it is not full
His nitials are J.R.D.

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