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To Sold: Three Tragic Lives—Vain, Prodigal and Penitent

The night I was married

And in my marriage bed

There come a fierce sea captain

And stood by my bed stead.

His men, they bound me tightly

With a rope so cruel and strong

And carried me over the waters

To labor for seven years long.

- ‘An Ancient Song’ [1]

1. Cited by Caudill on pages 5-6 of Night Comes to the Cumberlands, credited by Jim Goad on page 58 of The Redneck Manifesto, and attributed by Caudell to posterity.

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