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Poor Ellen Smith

Poor Ellen Smith, how she was found
4 Shot through the 1 heart, lying 5 cold on the 1 ground

Her clothes were all scattered and thrown on the ground
Blood marks the spot where poor Ellen was found

They picked up her body and carried it away
And now she is sleeping in some lonesome old grave

They picked up their rifles and hunted me down
They found me a-loafing in Mount Airy town

I got a letter yesterday, I read it today
The flowers on her grave have all faded away

Some day I'll go home and say, when I go
On poor Ellen's grave pretty flowers I'll sow

I've been in this prison for twenty long years
Each night I see Ellen through my bitter tears

The warden just told me that soon I'll be free
To go to her grave 'neath that old willow tree

My days in this prison are ending at last
I'll never be free from the sins of my past

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Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
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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.