Rory Block, Kelly Joe Phelps Pretty Polly cover

Pretty Polly
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Pretty Polly Lyrics

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Verse 1
I used to be a rambler, staying around in town
I used to be a rambler, staying around in town
I courted Pretty Polly, such a beauty never found
Verse 2
Pretty Polly, pretty Polly, oh yonder she stands
Pretty Polly, pretty Polly, oh yonder she stands
Gold rings on her finger and lily white hands
Verse 3
Pretty Polly, pretty Polly, go along with me
Pretty Polly, pretty Polly, go along with me
Before we get married, some pleasure for to see
Verse 4
He led her over mountains and valleys so deep
He led her over mountains and valleys so deep
At last, Pretty Polly, she began to weep
Verse 5
Oh Willy, oh Willy, I'm afraid of your ways
Oh Willy, oh Willy, I'm afraid of your ways
Afraid you will lead my poor body astray
Verse 6
Polly, you're guessing about right
Polly, you're guessing about right
I dug on your grave, almost all last night
Verse 7
She walked two steps further and what did she spy
She walked to steps further and what did she spy
A new-dug grave and a spade lying by
Verse 8
Let me go, let me go, I'm afraid of you Willy
Let me go, let me go, I'm afraid of you Willy
I can't go back, I can't be your wife
Verse 9
Polly, oh Polly that never be
Polly, oh Polly that never be
Your reputation bring trouble to me
Verse 10
He stabbed her through her breast and blood did flow
He stabbed her through her breast and blood did flow
And down into the ground Polly did go
Verse 11
Oh Willy, oh Willy you're gonna have to pay
Oh Willy, oh Willy you're gonna have to pay
For killing pretty Polly and running away

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