The Diver Boy

Cat. #0765 (MFH #144) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on May 26, 1969

Young Emily was a fair lady bright
She loved her diver boy
Who sailed th ocean over
To gather up some gold
Seven long years returning
His money for to show
That he'd been traveling o'er th main
Down in th lowland, low

My Father runs a big hotel
Down by th river side
You go there, call for to stay
And I will be your bride
Meet me early in th morning
Don't let my parents know
That you are th diver boy
Who diven in th lowland, low

Young Henry, taken a drink that night
Before he went to bed
Not thinking of th danger
That crowned all o'er his head
Young Edward siad to his Father,
Let's make his money show
And send his body sinking fast
Down in th lowland, low

Young Emily went to bed that night
She dreamed an awful dream
She dreamed she saw her true-love blood
Go floating down th stream
Wake'n early in th morning
To 'er parents, she did say,
Where could be th stranger boy
Who came here for to stay

O Father, you are robber
Who robbed me of my rest
O brother, you have murdered
Th one that I love best
For th trees on yonders mount'n
Are bending to an' fro
Reminds me of my diver boy
Who diver, in th lowland, low