Judy, Oh Judy

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I found the original word and lyric in Jon Jacob Niles ballad book. The song was sung to him by "Pete Mulleneoux," age 75, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, on July 4, 1909. The melody is similar to the original I have expanded the lyrics.


I rode into the village upon the twilight
And begged of their pardon to stay for the night
The people were friendly, the village was kind
As the soldiers who sought me were not far behind

She invited me in, I thought to confer
And then she read me the gospels according to her
She lit up a candle and showed me the way
And I wanted her more than I ever could say

I awoke in the morning with her by my side
I was true to my love for she had not denied
The door had been opened, the mark had been made
And I pondered that love in the bed where we Layed

Oh my love it is soon I must go
But first take these pieces of silver and gold
Would you go to the market and buy us some meat
For your people are hungry and need something to eat

She went out the door and into the square
And I’ll never know just what happened there
Oh my love today I will die
High up on that hill where the carrion crow Cries

Oh Judy My Love, don’t try to deny
You sold me to the soldiers and now I will die
Oh Judy My Love it is you will die too
For you sold me to soldiers when you might have been true


from Birth of A Notion, released February 14, 2012
Mandolin/Arrangement – Randy Viscio
Drums- Adam Stranburg
Bass- Jim Stager
Acoustic Guitar- Peter Richan
Fiddle- Jay Ansil
Lead Vocal- CowMuddy



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The world's badest baby went down to the Juke Joint and got all juked up. The music was so fine and the crowd so frenzied that it whipped up like a tornado and swept everyone up and out. It carried the people across the Great Divide and They all landed in Philadelphia! And when I told that story...everyone sitting next to me on the bench all slid over and away from me. But it's true! ... more

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