Sung by: Emma Medlin
Recorded in Pangburn, AR 9/10/60

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My love is but a shepherd lad,
And a shepherdess am I.
From morn 'til night we watch our flocks
Beneath the bright blue sky.
There's nothing troubles me, although
My fortune soon is told,
For Colin's poor in worldly wealth,
But just as good as gold.

Chorus: He's just as good as gold, he is;
He's just as good as gold,
And I can see he's fond of me,
For he's as good as gold.

His coat is somewhat worse for wear,
And is not trimmed in lace.
His hat would scarcely do for some
More fashionable place,
But what cares I although he wears
A faded suit so old.
His heart is in its proper place,
And just as good as gold.

(No chorus was sung here.)

He's going to build a little house
And make our garden gay.
Directly Colin's ship comes home.
He says it's on the way.
Although 'twill be a little place,
'Twill keep out rain and cold.
To me 'twill be a palace grand,
With him as good as gold.


He's going to take me to the church
Some happy day in spring,
When the hedges are all white with bloom,
And the village bells will ring.
Their songs will linger in our ears
When we have both grown cold,
But think how happy we will be,
For he's as good as gold.


(Dr. Wolf: "That's beautiful."
Mrs. Medlin: "I got . . . old in there once . . ."
Dr. Wolf: "What's the name of that?"
Mrs. Medlin: " 'He's Just as Good as Gold'."
Dr. Wolf: "Where did you hear that? When you were young, too?"
Mrs. Medlin: "Oh, that's just one of the old ones."
Dr. Wolf: "I wonder if that came from Holland?"
Mrs. Medlin: "I don't know."
Dr. Wolf: "That's really a pretty song."
Mrs. Medlin: "But that's one of the old ones."
Dr. Wolf: "It would sound pretty with an accompaniment behind it.")

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