Sung by: Dee Johnson of Tucson, Arizona
Recorded in Mountain View, AR 4/20/63

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Jimmy Driftwood: ". . . Tucson, Arizona. I've been in their home, and they're at our house now, and Dee Johnson is one of the good singers. I'd like for her to come up and sing something for us. You know, when I invited her to come to this thing, I said . . ."

The mistletoe hung in the castle hall,
The holly branch shone on the old oak wall,
And the baron’s retainers were blithe and gay,
And keeping their Christmas holiday.

The baron beheld with a father’s pride
His beautiful child, young Lovell’s bride,
But she, with her bright eyes, seemed to be
The star of that goodly company.

“I’m weary of dancing now,” she cried,
“Here tarry a moment, I’ll hide, I’ll hide,
But Lovell, be sure thou art first to trace
The clue to my secret hiding place.”

Away she ran and her friends began
Each corner to search and each nook to scan,
And young Lovell cried, “Oh, where dost thou hide?
I’m lonely without thee, my fair young bride.”

He sought her that night, and he sought the next day.
He sought her in vain while a week passed away.
In the highest, the lowest, the loneliest spot,
Young Lovell sought wildly, but found her not.

The year flew by, and his grief at last
Was told as a sorrowful tale long past,
And when Lovell appeared, the children cried,
“See the old man weep for his fair young bride.”
Oh, that mistletoe bough.

At length an oak chest that was long lain hid
Was found in the castle; they raised the lid,
And a skeleton form lay moldering there
In the bridal wreath of that lady fair.

Oh, sad was her fate; in sportive jest
She hid from her lord in the old oak chest.
It closed with a spring and, dreadful doom,
The bride lay clasped in her living tomb.
Oh, that mistletoe bough.
Oh, that mistletoe bough.

Also found in Randolph, Vol. IV, #802.

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