Sung by: Mrs. Ben Daugherty
Recorded in Cave City, AR 9/6/61

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The brown girl, she has house and land.
Fair Ellenter, she has none.
The best advice I can give to you
Is to bring the brown girl home.

So he rode east, and he rode west;
He rode under the sun.
He rode ‘til he came to fair Ellenter’s house,
And she was sitting alone.

“What news, what news, what news?” she said.
“What news, what news?” she cried.
“I’ve come to ask you to my wedding.”
“Sad news, sad news,” she said.

She dressed herself all out in red,
And around her neck in green,
And every station that they passed through,
They took her to be some queen.

Oh, they rode east, and they rode west;
They rode under the sun.
They rode ‘til they came to Lord Thomas’ house,
And she was sitting alone.

He taken fair Ellenter by the hand.
He led her through the hall
And set her in a golden chair,
So high above them all.

The brown girl, she has a little penny knife;
It looks so wonderful sharp.
Between the long ribs and the short,
She stuck fair Ellenter’s heart.

He taken the brown girl through the hall,
And he led her through the hall,
Taking the knife, cut off her head,
And threw it against the wall.

Then, placing the handle against the wall
And the blade at his heart,
Saying, “Here goes three true lovers.
God send them where they will rest.”

“Go dig my grave on yonders hill,
Go dig it wide and deep,
And bury fair Ellenter in my arms,
And the brown girl at my feet.”

Also found in Child, “73, “Lord Thomas and Fair Annet”; Randolph, Vol. I, #15, “The Brown Girl”; Brown, Vol. II, #19, “Lord Thomas and Fair Annet”; Belden, p. 37, “Lord Thomas and Fair Annet.”

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Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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