On Top Of Old Smokey

Information About On Top Of Old Smokey

"On Top of Old Smoky" is a well-known ballad and traditional folk song of the United States. Most versions use the same melody and rhythm as "Down In the Valley" ; another traditional American folk song.

The song has been recoded by many artists, including: Hank Williams, Connie Francis and The Weavers; whose version from 1951 reached number 2 on the Billboard Chart.

Old Smoky is thought to be a mountain in the central Appalachians or in the Ozarks.

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A longer version that has different words

On top of old Smokey
All covered with snow
I lost my true lover
From courting too slow

Though courting’s a pleasure
And parting is grief
A false-hearted lover
Is worse than a thief

For a thief will just rob you
And take all you have
But a false-hearted lover
Will lead you to the grave

The grave will decay you
And turn you to dust
Not a boy in a thousand
That a poor girl can trust

They’ll hug you and kiss you
And tell you more lies
Than cross-ties on a railroad
Or stars in the skies

So come all you maidens
And listen to me
Never place your affections
On a green willow tree

For the green leaves will wither
And the roots will all die
You’ll all be forsaken
And never know why

On top of old Smokey
All covered with snow
I lost my true lover
From courting too slow

This version only has 2 verses

On top of old Smokey,
All covered with snow,
I lost my true lover
From courtin' too slow.

From courtin' too slow, dear,
From courtin' too slow,
I lost my true lover
From courtin' too slow.

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Brittany, United States

23 November 2010 at 5:39am

On top of ol' smokey All coverd in blood I shot my poor teacher With a 44 slug I went to her funeral I went to her grave I didn't throw flowers I threw hand gernades

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Jillian, Claremont Ca

18 March 2009 at 2:32am

Thank you for the prairie songs.

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This song has been printed from the BusSongs.com website.