Down on de Mississippi floating,
Long time I trabble on de way,
All night de cottonwood a toting,
Sing for my true lub all de day.

Nelly was a lady,
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell,
My dark Virginny bride.

Now I'm unhappy, and I'm weeping,
Can't tote de cottonwood no more;
Last night, while Nelly was a sleeping,
Death came a knockin' at de door.

Nelly was a lady,
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell,
My dark Virginny bride.

When I saw my Nelly in de morning,
Smile till she open'd up her eyes,
Seem'd like de light ob day a dawning,
Jist 'fore de sun begin to rise.

Nelly was a lady,
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell,
My dark Virginny bride.

Close by de margin ob de water,
Whar de lone weeping willow grows,
Dar lib'd Virginny's lubly daughter;
Dar she in death may find repose.

Nelly was a lady,
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell,
My dark Virginny bride.

Down in de meadow, 'mong de clober,
Walk wid my Nelly by my side;
Now all dem happy days am ober,
Farewell, my dark Virginny bride.

Nelly was a lady,
Last night she died,
Toll de bell for lubly Nell,
My dark Virginny bride.
Nelly Was a Lady

Written & Composed by Stephen C. Foster
Firth & Pond, 1849



ARTISTS:
  Japher's "Original" SANDY RIVER MINSTRELS

FIDDLE: Jack Nuckols; BANJO & VOCALS: Mark Meadows;
PENNYWHISTLE: Stephanie Meadows.

RECORDED at Landmark Recording Studio
1082 Rosslyn Road
Chesapeake, Ohio (740 867-5594)
Steve Hoffman, Production Engineer

© Copyright 1998
by Japher's "Original" SANDY RIVER MINSTRELS,
All rights reserved.


Digitized by Nathan Piazza
at the Digital Media Center,
Clemons Library, Univ. of Virginia