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Harmless Young Jim (Kenneth Peacock)

As I was a-walking down in Tennessee
A pretty fair damsel I chanced for to see.
I quickly saluted her but this was her tone:
"Why don't you go easy and leave me alone?"
I quickly saluted her but this was her tone:
"Why don't you go easy and leave me alone?"

I told her my name it was harmless young Jim,
I told her five thousand times over again,
I told her that my love was as cold as a stone,
"No matter," she said, "you must leave me alone."
I told her that my love was as cold as a stone,
"No matter," she said, "you must leave me alone."

I said, "My fair damsel, I'm not making fun,
I will take you to the bakery and buy you a bun."
"Oh, no, kind sir," said she, "I have money of my own,
My money comes in thousands, so leave me alone."
"Oh, no, kind sir," said she, "I have money of my own,
My money comes in thousands, so leave me alone."

Six months being over and seven gone and past,
I took her to the church and got married at last.
And after we got married she altered her tone,
And she teases me now if I leave her alone.
And after we got married she altered her tone,
And she teases me now if I leave her alone.

Eight months being over and nine come and gone,
This pretty fair damsel brought forth a young son,
She huddles it, she cuddles it, she calls it her own,
And I'm sure I'd been better to leave her alone.
She huddles it, she cuddles it, she calls it her own,
And I'm sure I'd been better to leave her alone.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional ballad ....####

Collected by Kenneth Peacock in 1959 from Mrs George William (Sarah Ann House) Decker [1905-1968] of Rocky Harbour, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, pp.282-283, by The National Museum Of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


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