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Nelly was a Lady
Down on de Mississippi floating,
Long time I trabble on de way,
All night de cottonwood a-toting,
Sing for my true lub all de day.
Chorus:
Nelly was a lady
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell,
My dark Virginny bride.
Now I'm unhappy and I'm weeping,
Can't tote de cottonwood no more;
Last night, while Nelly was a-sleeping,
Death came a-knocking at de door.
Chorus:
Nelly was a lady
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell,
My dark Virginny bride.
When I saw my Nelly in de morning,
Smile till she opened up her eyes,
Seemed like de light ob day a-dawning,
Jist 'fore de sun begin to rise.
Chorus:
Nelly was a lady
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell,
My dark Virginny bride.
Close by de margin ob de water,
Whar de lone weeping willow grows,
Dar lib'd Virginny's lubly daughter;
Dar she in death may find repose.
Chorus:
Nelly was a lady
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell,
My dark Virginny bride.
Down in de meadow 'mong de clober,
Walk wid my Nelly by my side;
Now all dem happy days am ober,
Farewell my dark Virginny bride.
Chorus:
Nelly was a lady
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell,
My dark Virginny bride.