Katie Dear

Katie Dear

Oh Katie dear go ask your mother,
If you can be a bride of mine.
If she says yes, come back and tell me,
If she says no, we’ll run away.

Oh Willie dear I cannot ask her,
She’s in her room taking a rest.
And by her side is a silver dagger,
To slay the man that I love best.

Oh Katie dear go ask your father,
If you can be a bride of mine.
If he says yes come back and tell me,
If he says no, we’ll run away,

Oh Willie dear I cannot ask him,
He’s in his room taking a rest.
And by his side that silver dagger,
To slay the one that I love best.

Then he picked up that silver dagger,
And stove it through his weary heart .
Saying goodbye Katie, goodbye darling,
At last the time has come to part.

Then she picked up that bloody dagger,
And stove it through her lily white breast.
Saying goodbye Mama, goodbye Papa,
I’ll die with the one that I love best.

Instruction on how to play this song can be found in Wayne Erbsen’s books: Bluegrass Jamming on Fiddle, Bluegrass Jamming on Mandolin and Bluegrass Jamming on Banjo.

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