T:Lakes of Pontchartrain, The
A,2 | D4 B2 | A4 B2 | (F2 E2 A2) | F4 E2 | D2 B,2 C2 | D4 C2 | D6- | D4
AA | A4 F2 | (A2 B2) c2 | d2 d4 | c4 B2 | A4 F2 | (F2 G2) A2 | B6- | B4
A2 | A4 F2 | (A2 B2) c2 | d6 | c4 B2 | A4 F2 | (F2 G2) A2 | B6- | B4
A2 | D4 B2 | A4 B2 | (F2 E2) A2 | F4 E2 | (D2 B,2) C2 | D4 C2 | D6- | D4 ||
W:'Twas on one bright March morning I bid New Orleans adieu
W:And I took the road to Jackson town, my fortune to renew
W:I cursed all foreign money, no credit could I gain
W:Which filled my heart with longing for the Lakes of Pontchartain.
W:I stepped on board a railroad car beneath the morning sun
W:And I rode the roads till evening and I laid me down again
W:All strangers there, no friends to me till a dark girl towards me came
W:And I fell in love with a Creole girl by the Lakes of Pontchartrain.
W:I said "My pretty Creole girl, my money here's no good
W:If it weren't for the alligators I'd sleep out in the wood"
W:"You're welcome here kind stranger, our house it is very plain
W:But we never turn a stranger out by the Lakes of Pontchartrain."
W:She took me to her mammy's house and she treated me right well
W:The hair upon her shoulders in jet black ringlets fell
W:To try and paint her beauty I'm sure it would be in vain
W:So handsome was my Creole girl by the Lakes of Pontchartrain.
W:I asked her if she'd marry me, she'd said that could never be
W:For she had got another and he was far at sea
W:She said that she would wait for him and true she would remain
W:Till he returned for his Creole girl by the Lakes of Pontchartrain.
W:So fare thee well my bonny wee girl, I never shall see you more
W:But I'll ne'er forget your kindness in the cottage by the shore
W:And at each social gathering a flowing glass I'll raise
W:And I'll drink a health to my Creole girl by the Lakes of Pontchartrain.