Collected by Lew Hobson and Zane Hankins Sung by Teddy Souter
For M. C. Parler Spring Hill, Louisiana
Transcribed by Lew Hobson January 12, 1960
Reel 341, Item 13
In Scarlet town where I was born Was a fair maid dwelling Made every youth cry well a day And her name was Barbry Allen.
T'was in the merry, merry month of May When green buds they were swelling Sweet William on his death bed lay For the love of Barbry Allen.
He sent his servant to the town To the place where she was a dwell'n Cried,"Master bids you come to him If your name is Barbry Allen."
Oh yes I'm sick, I'm very sick And I never will be better Until I have the love of one The love of Barbry Allen.
Then lightly tripped she down the stairs He trembled like an aspen Tis vain, tis vain my dear young man To love for Barbry Allen.
She walked out in the green, green fields She heard his death bells knelling And every stroke they seem to say Hard hearted Barbry Allen.
Her eyes looked east her eyes looked west She saw his pale corpse coming
She cried, "Bearers, bearers put him down
That I may look upon him."
The more she looked, the more she greived Until she burst out crying She cried "Bearers, bearers take him off For I am now a dying."
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Reel 341, Item 14 Continued
Oh father, oh father, go dig my grave Go dig it deep and narrow Sweet William died for me today I'll die for him tomorrow.
They burried her in the old church yard Sweet William's grave was near her And from his heart a red, red rose And from her heart a brier.
They grew and they grew o'er the old church wall Till they wouldn't grow no higher Until they tied a lovers' knot The red rose and the brier.
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