Sung by: Mrs. W.N. Osborne
Recorded in Cord, AR, 8/21/57

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"Tell me one thing, tell me truly.
Tell me why you scorn me so.
Tell me why, when I ask a question,
That you always answer, 'No!'"

"My father was a Spanish merchant,
And before he went to sea
He told me to be sure and answer
'No' to all you said to me."

Refrain: "No sir, no sir, no sir, no."

"If, when walking in the garden,
Plucking flowers all wet with dew,
Tell me, would you be offended
If I walk and talk with you?"


"If, when walking in the garden,
I should ask you to be mine,
And should tell you that I love you,
Would you then my heart decline?"


And the birds sang leafy hidden,
Sang o'er field and morning sea,
And I lost the answer bidden
And was true sweetheart to thee.

Also found in Randolph, Vol. III, #385, "No Sir! No Sir!"; Brown, Vol. III, #14, "No, Sir."

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

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Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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