Nelly Was a Lady

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Nelly Was a Lady (1849)
by Stephen Foster
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Down on de Mississippi floating,
Long time I trabble on de way,
All night de cotton-wood a toting,
Sing for my true-lub all de day.
Chorus: (2 times)
Nelly was a Lady
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell
My dark Virginny bride.

Now I’m unhappy and I’m weeping,
Can’t tote de cotton-wood no more;
Last night, while Nelly was a sleeping,
Death came a knockin at the door.
When I saw my Nelly in de morning,
Smile till she open’d up her eyes,
Seem’d like de light ob day a dawning,
Jist ’fore de sun begin to rise.

Close by de margin ob de water,
Whar de lone weeping willow grows,
Dar lib’d Virginny’s lubly daughter;
Dar she in death may find repose.

Down in de meadow mong de clober,
Walk wid my Nelly by my side;
Now all dem happy days am ober,
Farewell my dark Virginny bride.

This work was published before January 1, 1929, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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