Pretty Polly

Cat. #0284 (MFH #507) - As sung by Mrs. Pearl Brewer, Pochahantas, Arkansas on November 12, 1958

VERSE 1
Farewell, pretty Polly
For long month or two
Till I sail over the ocean
And pay off some dues

VERSE 2
O, Jimmy, dear Jimmy
I'll love you, you know
I never can tell you
How much I love you

VERSE 3
Tho', you'll go away and leave me
On the island, so green
All on this Creek Island
Where I am alone

VERSE 4
She gathered up some flowers
To make her a bed
Th reddest of lillies
Put under her head

VERSE 5
She lieth herself down
Never to speak any more
Till she cried out aloud voice,
My poor heart is broke

VERSE 6
When Jimmy come back home
Found his Polly, was dead
A fountain of tears
All around her, he shed

VERSE 7
O Polly, pretty Polly
I'll bear you in mind
No more shall I prove false
To you, I'll prove kind

VERSE 8
O Jimmy, dear Jimmy
Don't bear in that mind
There is plenty more young ladies
And them you can find

VERSE 9
There is plenty more young ladies
Tho' none of them for me
Since flowers has parted
Kind, Polly and me