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One Little Word

The dream of love is over
To- 5 day we said good- 1 bye
We 4 parted not in 1 anger
Though 5 tears came in her eyes
'Twas 1 just as fate decreed dear
That 4 we must never 1 wed
Yet 4 in her heart she 1 loved me
She 5 married wealth in- 1 stead

One little word could change my future 5 life
One little word could have made her my 1 wife
Too late, too late, 4 now my fondest hopes are 1 dead
One little word that 5 word was never 1 said

In school days we had been sweethearts
She was her father's pride
Her folks lived in a mansion
Our cottage by its side
Though years have brought their changes
The same old love still holds
She wed to please her parents
A man of wealth and gold

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.