"I'm sad and I'm lonely, My heart it will break. My sweetheart loves another; Lord I wish I were dead." The singer warns against the lies that young men tell, which are more numerous than "cross-ties on the railroad or stars in the skies."
I'm Sad and I'm Lonely Complete text(s) *** A *** From Carl Sandburg, The American Songbag, pp. 243-245. "[F]rom a Dallas, Texas woman who got it from Tennessee folks." 1 I'm sad and I'm lonely, my heart it will break; My sweetheart loves another, Lord, I wish I wuz dead! My cheeks once were read as the bud on the rose, But now they are whiter than the lily that grows. 2 Young ladies, tak' wahnin', tak' a wahnin' from me. Don't waste your affections on a young man so free. He'll hug you, he'll kiss you, he'll tell you mo' lies, Than the cross-ties on the railroad or the stars in the sky. 3 I'll build me a cabin in the mountains so high, Where the blackbirds can't see me and hear my sad cry. I'm troubled, I'm troubled, I'm troubled in mind; Ef trouble don' kill me, I'll live a long time.
This appears to be another of those collections of floating verses that has taken on some life of its own. - RBW
The Eller Family recording is actually a mishmosh of floating verses from here, "On Top of Old Smoky," "The Cuckoo" and, if I'm not mistaken, "Poor Ellen Smith." But I put it here because, well, why not? It has to go somewhere. - PJS