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Pretty Polly

Ralph Stanley

 

 

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Oh Polly, Pretty Polly, would you take me unkind? (x2)

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You just sit beside me and tell me youíre mine.

 

J -

Well, my mind is to marry and never to part. (x2)

The first time I saw you, you wounded my heart

 

B -

Oh Polly, Pretty Polly, come and go along with me. (x2)

Before we get married some pleasure weíll see.

 

L -

Well, he led her over mountains and valleys so deep. (x2)

Polly mistrusted and then began to weep.

 

J -

Saying Willie, Little Willie, Iím afraid of your ways. (x2)

The way youíve been rambling, youíll lead me astray.

 

B -

Well Polly, Pretty Polly, your guess is about right. (x2)

I dug on your grave the best part of last night.

 

L -

Well, he led her a little farther, and what did she spy, (x2)

A new-dug grave, with a spade lying by.

 

L -

J -

She knelt down before him pleading for her life. (x2)

Let me be a single girl if I canít be your wife.

 

B -

Oh Polly, Pretty Polly that never can be. (x2)

Your past reputation's been trouble to me.

 

L -

Then he opened up her bosom as white as any snow. (x2)

Stabbed her through the heart, and the blood did overflow.

 

L -

B -

He went to the jailhouse and what did he say. (x2)

I killed Pretty Polly and tried to get away.