Sung by: John Harrell, Nancy Ruth,
and Harrell Vocham
Recorded in Marshall, AR 6/14/63

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There was a town of Waxford;
I used to live and dwell.
There was a town of Waxford;
I owned a flour mill.

I fell in love with a nice young girl
With a dark and rolling eye.
I asked her to take a walk with me
Out o'er the meadow so fair.

We walked along and we talked along
'Til we came to level ground.
I picked me up a stick of edge
And knocked this poor girl down.

She downed upon her bending knees;
For mercy she did cry,
Saying, "Willy, dear, don't murder me here.
I'm not prepared to die."

I . . . not a word she said;
I beat her all the more.
I beat her 'til the ground all around
Was a-covered in the blood and gore.

I picked her up by her own curly hair;
And slung her 'round and 'round.
I threw her in the riverside
That runs through Waxford town.

It was twelve o'clock or after
When I got home that night.
My mother being worried,
She woke all in a fright.

Saying, "Son, dear son, what have you done
That's bloodied your hands and clothes?'
The answer that I gave to her
Was bleeding at the nose.

It was a week or after,
This Waxford girl was found
A-floating down the river
That run through Waxford town.

Her sister swore my life away
Without a fear or doubt.
She swore that I was the same young man
That took her sister out.

(Nancy Ruth: "That's it."
Mr. Harrell: "No, there's a little more that I forgot. I forgot it. That's about it.")

They taken me up and suspicious,
They swore my life away.

(Nancy Ruth: "That wasn't the way. 'They had me all locked up in Waxford Jail. In something. You know, you need to rehearse a song a couple of times . . .")

Also found in Randolph, Vol. II, #150, "The Noel Girl"; Brown, Vol. II, #65, "The Lexington Murder"; Belden, p. 133, "The Oxford Girl."

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