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Lover's Quarrel

Jack and May, 4 sweethearts were 1 they
They were en- 5 gaged to be 1 wed
4 Many a promise Jack 1 made her
2 Many a love word was 5 said
But they quarreled one night, 4 as most true lovers 1 do
And she bid him not 5 come any 1 more
She gave to him his hat, Jack 4 started to 1 go
But he lingered to 5 say at the 1 door

Tie up love's broken cords and 4 let us be sweethearts a 1 gain
Darling you know I love you to 2 part would cause me 5 pain
So 1 let's forget the past, 4 make up and kiss
Make up and be 5 lovers a 1 gain

Years rolled by, neither one was wed
Then one morning Jack was found dead
She cannot tell you why, but the tears roll from her eyes
And she goes to the grave every day
Lonesome and sad, her sweetheart is not here
These words they still ring in her ears

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.