Collected by: Doug Dunham For M. C. Parler
Bill Slagel 10 mi. SW of Goodman, Mo. Instrumental:
Max Dunham Jan. 2, '63
Reel 305 Item 19
In yonder town where I was born,
There was a fair maid dwelling,
They courted her for miles around,
And her name was Barbara Allen.
Oh, mother, oh, mother, go dig me a grave,
Go dig it deep and narrow,
Sweet William died for me today, I'll die for him tomorrow.
They buried him in the churchyard grave,
And they buried her beside him,
On William's grave a red, red, rose,
On Barbara's grave, a briar.
They grew and grew,
Till they couldn't grow any higher,
They locked entwined in a true lover's knot, And the rose grew around the briar.
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