The Girl I Left Behind Me
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John Renfro Davis

"This lively traditional fife
tune, imported from England
as "Brighten Camp," was known
in America as early as the
seventeenth century, and
became generally popular
during the Revolution.


These words are off an
unnamed album I got from
a library long years ago.
There is another version
of this at the Digital Tradition
Folk Song Search.

I'm lonesome since I crossed the hill,
And o'er the moorland sedgy
Such heavy thoughts my heart do fill,
Since parting with my Betsey
I seek for one as fair and gay,
But find none to remind me
How sweet the hours I passed away,
With the girl I left behind me.

O ne'er shall I foget the night,
the stars were bright above me
And gently lent their silv'ry light
when first she vowed to love me
But now I'm bound to Brighton camp
kind heaven then pray guide me
And send me safely back again,
to the girl I left behind me

Her golden hair in ringlets fair,
her eyes like diamonds shining
Her slender waist, her heavenly face,
that leaves my heart still pining
Ye gods above oh hear my prayer
to my beauteous fair to find me
And send me safely back again,
to the girl I left behind me

The bee shall honey taste no more,
the dove become a ranger
The falling waters cease to roar,
ere I shall seek to change her
The vows we made to heav'n above
shall ever cheer and bind me
In constancy to her I love,
the girl I left behind me.
Information from Best Loved Songs of the American People
Edited by Denes Agay, Doubleday & Company, Inc.
New York, 1975