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Song title: On top of old smokey


On top of old smokey

On top of Old Smokey,
All covered with snow,
I lost my true lover,
For courting too slow.

For courting's a pleasure,
But parting is grief,
And a false-hearted lover,
Is worse than a thief.

A thief will just rob you,
And take what you have,
But a false-hearted lover,
Will lead you to your grave.

The grave will decay you,
And turn you to dust,
Not one boy in a hundred
A poor girl can trust.

They'll hug you and kiss you,
And tell you more lies,
Than crossties on a railroad,
Or stars in the sky.

So come ye young maidens,
And listen to me,
Never place your affection
In a green willow tree.

For the leaves they will wither,
The roots they will die,
And you'll be forsaken,
And never know why.

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This song has never been published on any official release.

Very few performances of this songs are known (to me, at least!):
 - 25/10/1980 Coliseum, Portland,OR ,USA during the The River Tour

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Unique known live performance: 25/10/1980 Coliseum, Portland,OR ,USA

Song 'history':

Played once in the whole River tour (25/10/1980 Coliseum, Portland,OR ,USA)
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