Sung by: Unknown
Recorded in Mountain View, AR 4/20/63

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Two years ago, when Jack and Joe
Went sailing o’er the foam,
Each one vowing a fortune to make
Before returning home.
In one short year, Jack gained his wealth
And sailed for home that day,
And as they both shook hands to part,
Poor Joe could only say:

Chorus: “Give my love to Nellie, Jack,
And kiss her once for me.
The sweetest girl in all the world,
You'll know, you’ll say ‘tis she.
Treat her kindly, Jack, old boy,
And tell her I am well.
These parting words you can’t forget,
To give my love to Nell.”

In one short year, Joe gained his wealth
And sailed for home that day.
He sailed for home across the foam
To make sweet Nellie his wife,
But then he heard that Jack and Nell
Had one whole year been wed,
And so he cried and then he sighed
And wished he’d never said:


They chanced to meet upon the street.
Joe says, “You selfish elf!
The next girl I learn to love,
I’ll kiss her for myself.
But all is fair in love, they say,
And since you’ve gone and wed,
I’ll not be angry with you, boy,”
And once again he said:


Also found in Randolph, Vol. IV, #813; Brown, Vol. II, #274.

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