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Black Jack Davey

Black Jack Davey came a-riding through the woods
And he sang so loud and gai- (4) ly
1 Made the hills around him ring
And he charmed the heart of a 5 lady
And he charmed the heart of a la 1 dy

How old are you, my pretty little miss
How old are you, my honey
She answered him with a silly little smile
I'll be sixteen next Sunday,... (×2)

Come go with me, my pretty little miss
Come go with, me my honey
I'll take you across the deep blue sea
Where you never shall want for money,... (×2)

She pulled off her high-heeled shoes
They were made of Spanish leather
She put on those low-heeled shoes
And they both rode off together,... (×2)

Last night I lay on a warm feather bed
Beside my husband and baby
Tonight I lay on the cold, cold ground
By the side of Black Jack David,... (×2)

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.