“He lead her over hills and valleys so deep;
He lead her over hills and valleys so deep;
At last Pretty Polly, she began to weep.“
"Pretty Polly” is an Appalachian folk murder ballad telling of a young woman lured into the woods only to be murdered and buried in a shallow grave; certain variations of the song include a man that marries Polly, but ends up murdering her after finding out she is pregnant.
The ballad is considered the musical basis for Ballad of Hollis Brown by Bob Dylan and Pastures of Plenty by Woody Guthrie. The song has also been featured in U.S version of the show House of Cards.