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Pretty Polly [core]

Oh Polly, pretty Polly, come go along with me
Polly, pretty Polly, come go along with me
Before we get married some pleasure to see

Oh he led her over mountains and valleys so deep,... (×2)
'Til Polly mistrusted and then began to weep

Oh Willie, little Willie, I'm afraid of your ways,... (×2)
The way you've been rambling you'll lead me astray

Oh Polly, pretty Polly, your guess is about right,... (×2)
I dug your grave the biggest part of last night

Oh she knelt down before him, pleading for her life,... (×2)
Let me be a single girl if I can't be your wife

Oh Polly, pretty Polly that never can be,... (×2)
Your past reputation's been trouble to me

Oh he stabbed her in the heart and her heart's blood did flow,... (×2)
And into the grave pretty Polly did go

Oh he went to the jailhouse and what did he say,... (×2)
I've killed pretty Polly and trying to get away

Available in these books:

Get Started Plus:
Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
Listen to sample tracks.

The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.


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. http://ToneWay.com