Ballads and Songs of Indiana - online book

A collection of 100 traditional folk songs with commentaries, historical info, lyrics & sheet music

Home Main Menu Singing & Playing Order & Order Info Support Search Voucher Codes

Share page  Visit Us On FB

Previous Contents Next
Brewster; Ballads and Songs of Indiana            105
9. He turned his face unto the wall, As deadly pangs he fell in; "Adieu, adieu, adieu to all;
Adieu to Barbara Allen!"
10.     As she was walkin' o'er the fields,
She heard the bell a-knellin', And every stroke it seemed to say, "Unworthy Barbara Allen!"
11.     She turned her body round about
And spied the corpse a-coming; "Lay down, lay down the corpse," she said, "That I may look upon him."
12.     With scornful eyes she looked down,
Her cheeks with laughter swellin', Whilst all her friends cried out amain, "Unworthy Barbara Allen !"
13.     When he was dead and in his grave,
Her heart was struck with sorrow: "O Mother, Mother, make my bed, For I shall die tomorrow.
14.   "Hard-hearted creature him to slight
Who loved me oh so dearly; 0 that I'd been more kind to him
When he was alive and near meV*
15.     She on her deathbed as she lay
Begged to be buried by him, And sore repented of the day That she did e'er deny him.
16.   "Farewell," she said, "ye virgins all;
And shun the fault I fell in. Henceforth take warning of the fall Of cruel Barbara Allen."

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III