Barbara Allen Lyrics - Joan Baez

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Twas in the merry month of May
When green buds all were swelling,
Sweet William on his death bed lay
For love of Barbara Allen.

He sent his servant to the town
To the place where she was dwelling,
Saying you must come, to my master dear
If your name be Barbara Allen.

So slowly, slowly she got up
And slowly she drew nigh him,
And the only words to him did say
Young man I think you're dying.

He turned his face unto the wall
And death was in him welling,
Good-bye, good-bye, to my friends all
Be good to Barbara Allen.

When he was dead and laid in grave
She heard the death bells knelling
And every stroke to her did say
Hard hearted Barbara Allen.

Oh mother, oh mother go dig my grave
Make it both long and narrow,
Sweet William died of love for me
And I will die of sorrow.

And father, oh father, go dig my grave
Make it both long and narrow,
Sweet William died on yesterday
And I will die tomorrow.

Barbara Allen was buried in the old churchyard
Sweet William was buried beside her,
Out of sweet William's heart, there grew a rose
Out of Barbara Allen's a briar.

They grew and grew in the old churchyard
Till they could grow no higher
At the end they formed, a true lover's knot
And the rose grew round the briar.








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Barbara Allen | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/25/14

My dad was a country entertainer
and he named me for this song!
And he did have a strong love for
his Barbara Allen ! I loved him and
I love this song! I lost my dad 6years
ago so the songis now more special to me.

Hard hearted Barbara Allen | Reviewer: SuzannaSinister | 12/5/12

I love this song.
I was blessed to have been born on the cusp of the world changing from the idealistic 50's to the days of peace and love.
My favorite music was folk music, good old Pete Seeger, the kingston trio, Woodie guthrie, and so many others.
Joan's voice had a way of bringing me to tears and laughter in the same breath.
Thank you for keeping the music alive.

Barbara Allen | Reviewer: Pat | 5/8/06

I first heard this song back in the 1950s when I was a youngster in school. Our teacher was teaching us musical history. This was a song commonly sung back in the 1700s. To this day I still remember that song and love that I have found someone who can and did sing it.



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