(BONNY BARBARA ALLAN)
Sung by: Mrs. Nettie Huddleston Barnes
Recorded in Pfeiffer, AR 8/23/61
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When the buds all were swelling,
Sweet William on his deathbed lay
For the sake of Barbry Allen.
He sent his servant to the town
Where Barbry was a-dwelling.
“Master William’s sick, he’s very sick,
I think he’s now a-dying.”
Slowly, slowly, she rode on,
Slowly she approached him,
And all she said when she got there,
“My young man, I think you’re dying.”
“Yes, I’m sick, I’m very sick.
I’m in my own dwelling.
Though no better will I ever be,
Unless I get Barbry Allen.”
Also found in Child, #84, “Bonny Barbara Allan”; Randolph, Vol. I, #21, “Barbara Allen”; Brown, Vol. II, #27, “Bonny Barbara Allan”; Belden, p. 60, “Barbara Allen.”