This was a minstrel song sung by both sides of the American Civil War. Later, Elvis Presley used much of the melody to write Love Me Tender. (source) This would work well for Chorus.
1. As the blackbird in the spring beneath the willow tree
Sat and piped I heard him sing and sing of Aura Lee.
Aura Lee, Aura Lee, maid of golden hair.
Sunshine came along with thee, and swallows in the air.
2. On her cheek the rose was born, ’twas music when she spake.
In her eyes the rays of mom with sudden splendor break. Refrain
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