English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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Barbara Allen
5   I know you're sick and very sick, And sorrow it is dwelling with you. No better, no better you never will be, For you'll never get Barbary Allen.
6   He turned his pale face to the wall, He burst out a-crying,
Saying : Adieu, adieu to the ladies all around, Farewell to Barbary Allen.
7   Don't you remember last Saturday night When I were at your tavern,
You swang you treated the ladies all around, You slighted Barbary Allen.
8   She rode, she rode a mile from town The small birds they were singing, They sung so loud, they sung so swift, Hard-hearted Barbary Allen.
9   She looked East, she looked West, She saw the cold corpse coming,
Saying: Lay him down on this cold ground And let me look upon him.
10 The more she looked the more she mourned Till she burst out a-crying,
Saying: I could have saved this young man's life If I'd a-tried my true endeavour.
11   O mother, O mother, O fix my bed, Go fix it long and narrow.
Sweet William he died for me to-day, And I'll die for him tomorrow.
12   O father, O father, go dig my grave, Go dig it deep and narrow.
Sweet William he died for me to-day, And I'll die for him tomorrow.
13   They buried Sweet William in the old churchyard And Barbary close by the side of him.
At the head of Sweet William's grave there sprung a red rose And Barbary Allen's was a briar.
14  They grew, they grew to the top of the church And they could not grow any higher.
They leaned and tied in a true lover's knot And the rose hanged on to the briar. 96