Missouri State University
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Nellie Gray

Cat. #1440 (MFH #764) - As sung by Otis Williams, Wesley, Arkansas on

VERSE 1
There's a low green valley on the old Kentucky shore
Where I whiled many happy hours away
A setting and a singing by th little cottage door
Where lived my darling, Nellie Gray

CHORUS:
O, my poor Nellie Gray, they have taken you away
And, I'll never see my darling anymore
I am setting by th river and, I'm weepin' all th day
For you gone from the ole Kentucky shore

VERSE 2
Then th stars climb th mountains an' th moon a shining too
An' I take my darling Nellie Gray
And we'd float down th river in my little red canoe
While my banjo so sweetly I would play

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