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7. "Oh, yes, oh, yes, I do remember when we
Were in yonder town a-drinking; I drank a health to the ladies all around, And my love to Barbara Allen."
8.  And when she had got a mile away from town
She heard his death bell tolling. And every toll it seemed to say: "Stop there, Barbara Allen."
9.  She turned around to view the ground,
She saw his corpse coming. "Stop there, lay him down, down,
That I may look upon him; Sweet William died for me today,
I'll die for him tomorrow."
10. Sweet William was buried in the old church-yard
And Barbara was buried beside him; And out of his grave sprang a deep red rose And out of Barbara's a briar.
11. They grew and grew to the old church top
And, of course, they could grow no higher. They wrapped and tied in a true love-knot, The rose wrapped round the brier.
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"Barbey Ellen." This version was recorded by Mrs. Henry from the singing of Mrs. Hiram Proctor, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, August, 1928. She learned it from her father, Mr. Samuel Harmon.
1. Way down South where 1 came from Is where I got my learning. I fell in love with a pretty litde girl, And her name is Barbey Ellen.
2.1 courted her for seven years, And I asked her if she would marry. With a bowed down head and a sweet little smile, She never made no answer.
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