English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Barbara Allen
2   He sent his servant to the town
To the place where she was dwelling, Saying: Love, there is a call for you, If your name is Barbara Ellen.
3   She was very slowly getting up And very slowly going,
And all she said when there she come: Young man, I believe you're dying.
4  O yes, I know I'm very bad, And never will be any better Until I have the love of one, The love of Barbara Ellen.
5   He turned his pale face toward the wall, And death was in him dwelling. Adieu, adieu, adieu to my dear friends. Be kind to Barbara Ellen.
6  When she got in about two miles of town, She heard the death bells ringing.
She says: Come around, you nice young men, And let me look upon you.
7  O mother, O mother, come make my bed, Come make it both soft and narrow
For Sweet William died to-day, And I will die tomorrow.
8   O father, O father, come dig my grave, Come dig it both deep and narrow, For sweet William died in love,
And I will die in sorrow.
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