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Charlie Brooks and Nellie Adair

Miss Adair, since I came to the 5 city
I find that I've changed my 1 mind
I hope you won't think me un- 4 truthful
Or 5 deem me the least bit un- 1 kind

For I know that we both were mistaken
I know you would never suit me
My heart now belongs to another
In closing, I hope you'll agree

I received your letter, dear Charlie
The last one you'll ever write me
I read it over and over
Heartbroken, I'll have to agree

I pray now that you will be happy
With your pretty young heiress, Miss Gray
I done heard about it, dear Charlie
And I knew I would lose you this way

I'm sending your letters, dear Charlie
I burned mine today when they came
I hope without reading yours over
You'll commit them at once to aflame

For you will not need them, dear Charlie
To remind you of vows so untrue
But as you requesting them of me
I'm sending them all back to you

I'll send you your picture, dear Charlie
Though it's almost faded away
That's because I've kissed it so often
And that you may tell Miss Gray

And here is your ring dear Charlie
Oh, don't give it to her, I pray
Unless you tell her 'twas mine once
I've had it one year today

Well I guess this is all now, dear Charlie
I'm praying that you may be spared
All the pain and the heartbreak I'm suffering
Your affectionate Nellie Adair

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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.