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Poor Miss Liza Jane

When I go a-courtin'
I'll go on the 6m train
1 When I go to marry
I'll 5 marry Liza 1 Jane

Hey, miss Liza, po' little gal
Hey, miss Liza 5 Jane
1 Hey, miss Liza, (4) po' little gal
She 5 died upon the 1 train

The hardest work I ever did
Was a-brakin' on a train
The easiest work I ever did
Was a-huggin' Liza Jane

When I went to see her
She wrung her hands and cried
She swore I was the ugliest thing
That ever lived or died

I ask little Liza to marry me
What do you reckon she said
Said she would not marry me
If everybody else was dead

You can climb the cherry tree
And I will climb the rose
How I love that pretty little gal
God almighty knows

I went to see miss Liza
She's a-bendin' o'er the tub
And the more I asked her to marry me
The harder she did scrub

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.