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Two Sisters
(Traditional)
There were two sisters side by side, sing I dum and sing I day
There were two sisters side by side, the boys are bound for me
There were two sisters side by side, the elder for young Johnny cried
I’ll be true unto my love if he’ll be true to me

Johnny gave the young girl a gay gold ring, sing I dum and sing I day
Johnny gave the young girl a gay gold ring, the boys are bound for me
Johnny gave the young girl a gay gold ring, he didn’t give the elder a single thing
I’ll be true to my love if he’ll be true to me

As they were walking by the foamy brim, sing I dum and sing I day
As they were walking by the foamy brim, the boys are bound for me
As they were walking by the foamy brim, the elder pushed the younger in
I’ll be true to my love if he’ll be true to me

"Sister, oh sister, give me thy hand," sing I dum and sing I day
"Sister, oh sister, give me thy hand," the boys are bound for me
"Sister, oh sister, give me thy hand, and you can have Johnny and all his land"
I’ll be true to my love if he’ll be true to me

"Sister, I’ll not give you my hand," sing I dum and sing I day
"Sister, I’ll not give you my hand," the boys are bound for me
"Sister, I’ll not give you my hand, and I’ll have Johnny and all his land"
I’ll be true to my love if he’ll be true to me

Away she sank and away she swam, sing I dum and sing I day
Away she sank and away she swam, the boys are bound for me
Away she sank and away she swam until she came to the miller’s dam
I’ll be true to my love if he’ll be true to me

The miller he took her gay gold ring, sing I dum and sing I day
The miller he took her gay gold ring, the boys are bound for me
The miller he took her gay gold ring, and then he pushed her in again
I’ll be true to my love if he’ll be true to me

The miller was hung on his own mill gate, sing I dum and sing I day
The miller was hung on his own mill gate, the boys are bound for me
The miller was hung on his own mill gate for the drowning of my sister Kate
I’ll be true to my love if he’ll be true to me