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Tom Dooley

I met her on the mountain
I swore she'd be my 5 wife
I met her on the mountain
And I stabbed her with my 1 knife

Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Hang down your head and 5 cry
You killed poor Laura Foster
Poor boy, you're bound to 1 die

Tonight I'll pick my banjo
I'll pick it on my knee
When this time comes tomorrow
It'll be no use to me

When this time comes tomorrow
I reckon where I'll be
In some lonesome valley
A-hangin' from a white oak tree

Oh, what my mother told me
Is about to come to pass
That drinkin' and those women
Would be my ruin at last

This time tomorrow
Reckon where I'll be
If it hadn' been for Grayson
I'd a-been in Tennessee

Available in these books:

Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
Featuring large-print lyrics (20-point type) and chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

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.