The Rich Merchant

Cat. #0359 (MFH #567) - As sung by Mrs. Lizzie Maguire, Fayettville, Arkansas on June 23, 1959

VERSE 1
There was an ole rich merchant
To London, he did dwell
He had one only daughter
Th truth to you I'll tell
O, th truth to you I'll tell

VERSE 2
She had sweethearts a plenty
To court her day and night
But none but Jackie Frazier
Could gain her hearts delight
O, could gain her hearts delight

VERSE 3
The ole man flew in a patience
And straight 'way did go
And bargined with a sailor
To bear Jack far away
O, to bear Jack far away

VERSE 4
Miss Jenny, had plenty of money
All at her own command
She taken a simple notion
To view some foreign land
O, to view some foreign land

VERSE 5
She dressed herself all up in a manly way
An' straight 'way did go
And bargined with a sailor
To bear her far away
O, to bear her far away

VERSE 6
O, now Miss Jenny is sailing
All o'er th deep blue sea
Oh, now Miss Jenny is sailing
Her darling boy to see
O, her darling boy to see

VERSE 7
She picked him up all in her arms
And carried him to some town
An' calling for physician
To heal his deathly wounds
O, to heal his deathli wounds

VERSE 8
And now this couple is sailing
All o'er th deep blue sea
Oh, now this couple is sailing
From th wars of Germany
O, from th wars of Germany

VERSE 9
O, now this couple is married
As you can plainly see
Oh, now this couple is married
And why not you and me
O, and why not you and me

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