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Tragic Romance

Nestled in the heart of those 4 Tennessee hills
5 Midst peaceful pines 'neath the rocks and the 1 rills
There stands my old homestead of 4 long long ago
It 5 brings back fond memories of one I loved 1 so

I courted a maiden so sweet and so fair
With heavenly eyes and with chestnut brown hair
She told me she loved me and said she'd be mine
But I went away leaving her there behind

I'll tell you the reason why I left her there
To roam this old world with its sorrows and cares
I saw her one night in the arms of a man
Hugging and kissing like true lovers can

I went to my home with a heart full of woe
I packed my belongings, determined to go
For many long years, this old world I did roam
With thoughts of my darling, my sweetheart, my own

While dining one day in a little country town
A stranger walked in and he chanced to sit down
While talking of loved ones I happened to find
That his sister was that old sweetheart of mine

When he heard my story to me then he said
The one that you loved has a long time been dead
She waited so long for the day you'd return
And why you had left her she never did learn

Now I am the man you saw that fatal night
Wrapped in the arms of my sister so tight
She loved you so dearly, but you broke her heart
Poor stranger, from her ever more you must part

Available in these books:

Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
Featuring large-print lyrics (20-point type) and chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

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.