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The Girl I Left Behind

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29 Oct 1961
cd imgTHE ROAR OF A WAVE (T-966)
cd imgI WAS SO MUCH YOUNGER THEN Vol. 4 (Columbia Discovered) (T-676)
cd imgLIFE AND LIFE ONLY RADIO & TV 1961-1965
cd imgGENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (T-636)

  Oscar Brand show - 29 Oct 1961  

There was a wealthy old farmer
That lived in the county nearby.
He had a lovin' daughter
On her i cast my eye.
She was pretty fair and handsome
And did so very fine.
There was no girl in the county
With her that could compare.

I asked her if she'd be willing
To let me cross over the plains
She said it would be alright with her
Just so i'd return again
She said that she'd be true to me
Till death would be unkind.
We kissed, shook hands, and parted
I left my girl behind.

Out in a western city boys
A town you all know well
Where everyone was friendly
They'd show me all around
Their work an' money was plentyful
And the girls to me were kind
But the only girl i thought about
Was the girl i left behind.

One day when i was ramblin' 'round
Down by the public square
The mail coach it came in
And i met the mail bearer there
He handed me a letter
Gave me to understand
That the girl i left in old Texas
She married another man.

I turned myself all around an' around
Not knowin' what else to do
I rid down a little pace further
Just to see if these words were true
It's drinkin' i'll throw over
Card playin' i'll resign
For the only girl i ever did love
Was the girl i left behind.

Come around, you ramblin' gamblin' men
And listen while i tell
If it does to you no good, kind friends
I'm a-sure it will do you no harm
If you ever find you a fair young maid
Just marry her while you can
For if you ever cross over the plain
She'll marry another man.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

29 Oct 1961 1 THE ROAR OF A WAVE (b)
I WAS SO MUCH YOUNGER THEN Vol. 4 (Columbia Discovered) (b)
LIFE AND LIFE ONLY RADIO & TV 1961-1965
GENUINE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 3 The Third One Now (b)