Ralph Stanley, The Clinch Mountain Boys East Virginia Blues cover

East Virginia Blues
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Lyrics and Meaning

Apr 20, 2005

East Virginia Blues Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
I was born in East Virginia
North Carolina I did go
There I courted a fair young maiden
But her age I did not know
Verse 2
Oh her hair was dark and curly
And her cheeks were rosy red
On her breast she wore a lilly
Where I longed to lay my head
Verse 3
Molly dear, go ask your mother
If you my bride might ever be
If she says no, come back and tell me
And I'll run away with thee
Verse 4
No I'll not go ask my mother
Where she lies on her bed of rest
In her hand she holds a dagger
To kill the man that I love best
Verse 5
The ocean's deep and I can't wade it
And I have no wings to fly
I'll just get some blue-eyed boatman
For to row me o'er the tide
Verse 6
I'll go back to East Virginia
North Carolina ain't my home
I'll go back to East Virginia
Leave old North Carolina alone
Verse 7
I don't want your green back dollar
I don't want your watch and chain
All I want is you my darling
Say you'll take me back again
Verse 8
For you know I'd like to see you
At my door you're welcome in
At my gate I'll always greet you
For you're the girl I tried to win

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