"Barbara Allen" as written by and Traditional....
Twas round and about last Mai in the (side?)
When the green leaves were swellin?
That Young Jimmy Grove of the West Country
Fell in love with Barbrie Allen


He sent his men into the town
To the place where she was dwellin?
Oh will ye come to my master, dear
If ye name be Barbrie Allen

Then slowly, slowly got she up
And slowly came she nigh him;
And all she said when e'er she came,
?Young man I think you?re dyin?.?

Oh, yes I?m sick, I?m very sick
Indeed I think I'm dyin'
But a word from you will revive me again
Oh lovely Barbrie Allen

"Do you recall, young man," she said,
"When the red wine you were spillin'?
How you made the ladies' health(?) go 'round
And you slighted Barbrie Allen?"

And death was printed on his face
And all his heart(?) was stealin'
And he cried when she left his side,
"Hard-hearted Barbrie Allen!"

She was going over the field
She heard the death bell tollin'
And every sound the death bell gave---
"Hard-hearted Barbrie Allen!"

Oh mother, mother make me a bed
Oh make it soft and narrow
Since Jimmy died for me today
I'll die for him tomorrow.


Lyrics submitted by beowolfe03

"Barbara Allen" as written by Traditional J Baird

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    General CommentThe first line should read, "It was in and about the Martinmas tide"

    Well, at least I think so.
    supermoneton October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWait, sorry, "'Twas round and about last Martinmas tide"
    supermoneton October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt was round and about last Martinmas tide
    When the green leaves were swellin'
    That young Jimmy Grove of the West Country
    Fell in love with Barb'ry Allen

    He sent his men into the town
    To the place where she was dwellin'
    "Oh will you come to my master, dear,
    If your name be Barb'ry Allen?"

    And slowly, slowly got she up
    And slowly came she nigh him
    And all she said when there she came
    "Young man, I think you're dyin'"

    "Oh, yes, I'm sick, I'm very sick
    Indeed I think I'm dyin'
    But a word from you would revive me again
    Oh lovely Barb'ry Allen"

    "Do you recall, young man," she said,
    "When the red wine you were spillin',
    How you made the ladies' health go round
    And you slighted Barb'ry Allen?"

    And death is printed on his face
    And all his heart is stealin'
    And again he cried as she left his side
    "Hard-hearted Barb'ry Allen!"

    As she was goin' over the field
    She heard the death bells tollin'
    And every sound that death bell gave:
    "Hard-hearted Barb'ry Allen!"

    "Oh mother, mother make me a bed
    Oh make it soft and narrow
    Since Jimmy died for me today
    I'll die for him tomorrow"
    ladybug87on August 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell, it looks like she sort of feels remorse for not helping him for such a silly little thing? Now she's going to die for him? I dunno, I'm bad at this.
    girlfrombarcelonaon January 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentStar-crossed lovers?
    asSTARSfallxon January 01, 2013   Link

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