"Trees They Grow High" as written by Simon Fowler and Traditional,....
Trees, they grow high and the leaves they do grow green
Many is the time my true love I've seen
Many an hour I have watched him all alone
He's young but he's daily growing

Father, dear, father you've done me great wrong
You've married me to a boy who is too young
I'm twice twelve and he is but fourteen
He's young but he's daily growing

Daughter, dear daughter, I've done you no wrong
I have married you to a great lord's son
He'll make a lord for you to wait upon
He's young but he's daily growing

Father, dear father, if you see fit
We'll send him to college for one year yet
I'll tie blue ribbons all around his head
To let the maidens know that he's married

One day, I was looking o'er my father's castle wall
I spied all the boys aplaying with the ball
My own true love was the flower of them all
He's young but he's daily growing

At the age of fourteen, he was a married man
At the age of fifteen, the father of a son
At the age of sixteen, his grave it was green
And death had put an end to his growing



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"Trees They Do Grow High" as written by Simon Fowler

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    General CommentThe story depicts morals so ancient it must seem unreal to us, yet Joan's performance makes it deeply touching. Boys of 14 being married to mature girls of 24 - was it a tool to rein in men's power over women? But in this song the girl gets no power, just a lot of waiting, a brief moment of married life - and long years as a widow with a child. She does not blame her father, her boy husband or the fate, she just treasures her memories. Nowdays such attitude would be submissive and pitiful, in this ballad it is sorrowful and beautiful. Such is the wonder of song and Joan Baez.
    When I was a teenager speaking no English and hearing even less, I played this number endlessly, trying to fill the title with any sad meaning...
    vphion September 15, 2009   Link

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