The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

At The Foot Of Yonders Mountain

Cat. #0795 (MFH #16) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on June 25, 1969

VERSE 1
At th foot of yonders mountain
Where there runs a clear stream
I once courted a pretty girl
An' Polly, was 'er name

VERSE 2
When first I saw Polly
I could not obtain
I then taken a wild fly
An' sailed o'er th main

VERSE 3
Where th small birds were singing
An' make'in sad mourn
I then thought of Polly
As I sailed all alone

VERSE 4
I wrote her a letter
To keep 'er on my mind
She wrote me an answer
By bein so kind

VERSE 5
She wrote, she'd lawfuly married
When this letter did go
Saying, now I've lost pretty Polly
By court'in to slow

VERSE 6
This young man was taken
On his death bed to die
He sent for this young girl
That once could'a been his bride

VERSE 7
N' as she came near 'im
An' approached his bed side
Saying, here is th girl
That once could'a been my bride

VERSE 8
But now, she's married an' left me
And I'll die for her sake
He threw his arms around her
She felt his heart break

VERSE 9
O Willie, you're dead
An' I hope you'll find rest
Polly, she fainted
And died on his breast