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On Top of Old Smokey
by Burl Ives



On top of old smokey.
On top of old smokey all covered with snow
I lost my true lover for courting too slow
For courting's a pleasure and parting's a grief
And a false hearted lover is worse than a thief
For a thief will just rob you and take all you save
But a false hearted lover will lead you to the grave
And the grave will decay you and turn you to dust
Not one girl in a hundred a poor boy can trust
They'll hug you and kiss you and tell you more lies
Than cross lines on a railroad or stars in the skies
So come all your maidens and listen to me
Never place your affections on a green willow tree
For the leaves they will wither and the roots they will die
You'll all be forsaken and never know why.
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written by POTTLE, SAMUEL H. / HENSON, JAMES M. / DP,
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, T.R.O. INC., EMI Music Publishing