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
248 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
The Indiana collection contains six versions of this song, under the following titles: "Flo-Ella," "The Jealous Lover," "Florella," and "Down by the Weeping Willow." "Florella" is often confused with "Pearl Bryan," and stanzas of the one frequently appear in texts of the other.
For texts, see Allsopp, Folklore of Romantic Arkansas^ II, 204; Combs, p. 203; Cox, p. 197; Finger, p. 81; Flanders and Brown, p. 59; Greenleaf and Mansfield, p. 365; Hudson, No. 46; Hudson, Folksongs, p. 185; Journal, XXII, 370; XXX, 344; XLII, 280, 301; XLV, 131; XLVI, 39; Pound, No. 43; Richardson, p. 30; Shoemaker, p. 49; Neely, Tales and Songs from Southern Illinois, p. 160; Creighton, Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia, p. 320.
"Floella." Contributed by Mr. Doral Robling, of Oakland City, Indi­ana. Gibson County. Secured by him from his mother, Mrs. Delsa Robling, who learned it in Pike County from her mother, Mrs. Emma White. May 4, 1935.
1.     Down in a lonely valley
Where the violets fade and bloom Lies our sweet Floella
So silent in her tomb.
2.     She died not broken-hearted,
Nor in sickness fell, But in one moment's parting From one she loved so well.
3.     One night as the moon shone brightly,
Soft over hill and dell, Into this maiden's cottage Her jealous lover came.
4.   "Floella, let us wander
Down by yon meadow gay, Where we will sit and ponder Upon our wedding day/'

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