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Bonny Barbara Allan
"Barbara Allen." This version was recorded from the singing of Miss Mary Riddle, Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina. It was printed in The New Jersey Journal ojEducation, February, 1927, p. 7, Vol. XVI, No. 6, and in the Journal, XXXIX, 211, and again with the air in the Journal, XLII, 270. It is reprinted here by courtesy of the Journal and The New Jersey Journal of Education.
1. It was a pleasant morning in May
When all the green buds were swelling: Sweet William on his death bed lay For the love of Barbara Allen.
2. He sent a servant into the town
And unto Barbara's dwelling Saying, "Your master's sick and sent for you If your name is Barbara Allen."
3. It's slowly, slowly she got up
And slowly she went to him, But all she said when she got there:
"Young man, I think you're dying."
4. "Oh, yes, I'm sick and very sick
And sorrow within me dwelling And no better, no better I never will be If I don't get Barbara Allen."
5. "It's no better, no better you never will be,
For you can't get Barbara Allen." He turned his face unto the wall; He turned his back upon her.
6. "It's young man, young man, to remember when we
Were in yonder town a-drinking; You drank a health to the ladies all around And slighted Barbara Allen!"

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