Sung by: Mrs. Ben Daugherty
Recorded in Cave City, AR 8/24/58

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Once I had a sweetheart,
A sweetheart brave and true.
His hair was dark and curly,
His loving eyes were blue.

He often came to see me
When the sun was sinking low.
He often said he loved me,
And this he did prove so.

He was like all other boys;
He had his friends and chums,
And off together they would go
For pleasure and for fun.

They overpersuaded my sweetheart,
I never knew what for.
They overpersuaded my sweetheart,
To the Spanish-American War.

And when he came to say goodbye,
My heart did overflow.
He says, "Goodbye, my darling.
To Cuba I must go."

He took off his finger ring,
And he placed it on my hand.
"When this you see, remember me,
When I'm in some far-off land."

Promised that he would write to me;
This promise he kept true.
The very last lines he ever sent,
"I'll soon be at home, love, with you."

It was on Cuba's bloody ground,
He met his fatal doom.
Some Spaniard fired that awful shot
That laid him in his tomb.

His comrade went all through the war,
And when he did come home,
He never brought my sweetheart back,
And now I'm left alone.

I'll always wear his diamond ring,
And keep his letters, too.
I'll always live a single life
For the one I know was true.

Also found in Randolph, 1st edition IV, #796; Brown, Vol. II, #140.

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