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raredance Origins: Sweet Fern (34) RE: Help: Sweet Fern origin 12 Jul 02


Here goes. Sweet Birds "A" from FCBCNCF.

The birds are returning their sweet notes of spring
O'er meadows and brooklets so near
'Way down by the dell where they joyfully sing
A message of hope and good cheer,
As I sit in the dream of my slumber so deep
For my darling far over the sea.
Just ask the sweet birds as they drop off to sleep,
Oh say, does he truly love me?

CH:
Sweet birds, sweet birds,
Oh say that my lover is true,
Sweet birds, sweet birds,
And then I'll be as happy as you.

Oh tell me, sweet birds, is he thinking of me
And the promise he made long ago?
I would gladly give all this world if he'd come back to me.
Oh, why do the years roll so slow?
I'm weary and heart-sick of waiting so long
For my darling far over the sea.
Just go to him singing your beautiful song
And tell him to come back to me.

He said when we parted he loved no one but me.
He called me his darling, his pride;
he said when he came from over the sea
He'd make me his own cherished bride.
But I fear he has found in some far distant land
Some face that is fairer than mine.
I would give all this world for one clasp of his hand
And know that his heart is still mine.

contributed by Wagner A Reese in 1921 or 1922.

rich r


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