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Thread #5830   Message #1025011
Posted By: Joe Offer
26-Sep-03 - 01:50 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Roger the Miller and the Grey Mare
Well, one last version, this one from Louise Pound's American Ballads and Songs. Text obtained from Vivian Cleaver Cleveland of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1914. No tune.


Young Roger the miller went courting of late
A farmer's fair daughter called Kate.

Her cheeks like vermilion all painted with love,
She was buxom and bonny and sweet as a dove.

Then Roger being greedy, I do declare,
He spied the nag they called the gray mare.

"As for your daughter I solemnly swear,
I won't have your daughter without the gray mare."

The old man rose up with anger and speed,
"I thought you'd have married my daughter indeed.

"But since it is so I am glad it is thus,
My money once more I'll put up in my purse.

"As for my daughter I solemnly swear
You can't have my daughter, no nor the gray mare."

When six months were ended, or something above
Young Roger he chanced to meet with his love.

"O," smiling, said Roger, "and don't you know me?"
"If I ain't mistaken, I've seen you," said she.

"A man of your likeness, with long yellow hair,
Did once come a-courting my father's gray mare."

I just took a moment to listen to Sandy's Lena Armstrong recording. It's delightful. Very simple and fairly short, but a very nice rendition.