Sung by: Mrs. Ben F. Johnson
Recorded in Cave City, AR, 7/11/52

Come, friends and relations,
And listen unto me.
I'll tell a sad story
Of little Johnny Lee.

On the second day of February,
In eighteen and eighty-six,
When the snow began to fall,
And the clouds began to mix.

"Now," says the father,
"You must now go to the mill."
The snow, it was so deep
They could hardly climb the hill.

His wife began to beg for them
And says, "The boys will freeze,"
But the mother still insisted,
And says, "I'll do as I please."

The boys started out together;
They seemed to be very bold.
They could not travel very fast,
For they were very cold.

. . . at last they arrived at the mill.
The miller he was no sinner,
He taken them up to his house,
And give to him his dinner.

(Spoken comment by Mrs. Johnson, "And that's as far as I can go with it.")

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