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Carry Me Back To The Mountain (Leach)

I was a wild careless youngster,
Longing to roam from the start,
So I left my home in the mountains,
And broke my poor darling's heart.
I joined the train at the crossing,
And never told her good-bye,
When someone wrote me a letter,
And told me my sweetheart had died.

Oh, carry me back to the mountain,
Beneath the southern skies;
Lay me to rest 'neath the mountain,
There' s where my sweetheart lies.
I get so lonesome and weary
No matter where I roam;
Carry me back to the mountain,
Back to my home sweet home.

I roamed this whole wide world over,
Living a life of regret,
Longing to be with my darling,
Trying so hard to forget.
I pray that God will forgive me,
And on that bright peaceful shore,
I'll find her waiting in heaven,
Where we will part nevermore.

Carry me back to the mountain,
Beneath the southern sky;
Lay me to rest 'neath the mountain,
There's where my sweetheart lies.
I get so lonesome and weary,
No matter where I roam;
Carry me back to the mountain,
Back to my home sweet home.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a US southern bluegrass traditional ....####

Collected in 1951 from Albert DeWitt of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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