Across the Blue Ridge Mountains

from by Katie Wood

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One morning, one morning
one morning in May
I overheard a handsome man to a young girl say,
"Go dress you up, pretty lady, and come along with me
across the Blue Ridge Mountains,
to the Allegheny.

I'll by you a horse, love,
and a saddle to ride.
I'll buy myself another to ride by your side.
We'll stop at every tavern, we'll drink when we are dry.
Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
goes my lady and I."

Then out spoke a mother,
in memory was she there.
"Bright daughter, oh dear daughter!
He is a married man.
Besides, there's young men plenty
more handsome than he.
Let him take his own wife
to the Allegheny."

"But mother, oh dear mother!
He's the man of my own heart.
Wouldn't it be a dreadful thing for me and my love to part?
I'd envy every woman who e'er I did see
who crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains
to the Allegheny."

The last time I saw him
he was saddled to ride
with the lady, his darling, riding right by his side,
a-laughin' and a-singin' and e'er to be free
to cross the Blue Ridge Mountains
to the Allegheny.

They left before daybreak
on a buckskin and a roe;
past tall shivering pine trees,
where mountain birds crow.
Past our foggy window
where eyes may never see
who crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains
to the Allegheny.


from Old Matoaka Amphitheater - live, released May 8, 2017



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