English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Earl Brand
7   Fair Ellender she sat still, She never changed a note
Till she saw her own father's head Come tumbling by her foot.
8   Saying: Love runs free in every vein, But father you have no more,
If you're not satisfied with this,
I wish you were in some mother's chamber
And me in some house or room.
9   If I was in my mother's chamber You'd be welcome there.
I'll wind you east, I'll wind you west, I'll wind along with you.
10 He mound her on a milk-white steed, He rode the dapple grey,
He swung a bugle horn all round about his neck And so went bleeding away.
ii As he rode up to his father's gate He tingled at the ring, Saying: O dear father, asleep or awake, Arise and let me in.
12   O sister, sister, make my bed, My wounds are very sore.
Saying: O dear mother, O bind up my head, For me you'll bind no more.
13   It was about three hours till day, The cock began to crow.
From every wound that he received His heart blood began to flow.
4 Sweet William he died like it might be to-day, Fair Ellender tomorrow.
Sweet William he died for the wounds he received, Fair Ellen died for sorrow.
15   Fair Ellender was buried by the church door, Sweet William was buried by her;
And out of her breast sprung a blood red rose And out of his a briar.
16   They growed, they growed to the top of the church Till they could grow no higher,
And there they tied a true love's knot And the rose ran round the briar. 10