Sung by: Emma Puterbaugh Medlin
Recorded on 8/12/63

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A crowd of young fellows one night at a club
Were telling of sweethearts they had,
All of them happy, excepting one lad,
Who seemed downhearted and sad.
“Come, Ned, won’t you tell us,” his comrades then said,
“For surely some girl you have had.”
But Ned shook his head as slowly he said,
“Why, boys, I’m in love with two.
One has hair of silver gray,
The other just like gold.
One is gay and youthful,
While the other is bent and old,
But dearer than life are both to me,
And from neither would I part.
One is my mother--God bless her, I love her--
The other is my sweetheart.

My sweetheart, you see, is a poor working girl,
But still I’m determined to wed.
My father says, “No, it can never be so,
Go marry an heiress instead.”
I won Mother over; she knows how it is;
When Father met her she was poor.
She said, “Ned, don’t you fret;
She will be your wife yet.
Your father will consent, I am sure.”

(Mrs. Medlin: “I didn’t try to sing the chorus because I was too full.”
Dr. Wolf: “What was your mother’s name?”
Mrs. Medlin: “My mother’s name? Her name was Kate Knight, from Indiana. We were from Indiana.”
Dr. Wolf: “Now, was that her maiden name?”
Mrs. Medlin: “Yes, that was her maiden name. She married George Puterbaugh. My name is Puterbaugh.”
Dr. Wolf: “Now, she learned the songs from her mother, did she?”
Mrs. Medlin: “She learned these songs from her mother.”
Dr. Wolf: “Do you know her name?”
Mrs. Medlin: “Her name was Savannah Rodrick.”
Dr. Wolf: “Savannah Rodrick . . . Where was she from?”
Mrs. Medlin: “Well, they had come from Ohio, I think, Ohio over to Indiana. Papa’s people came from Pennsylvania, but I think Mama’s people were from Ohio.” Dr. Wolf: "I see.")

Also found in Randolph, Vol. IV, #864, “Two Sweethearts.”

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