Who Sang Barbara Allen? Joan Baez

Joan Baez Joan Baez, Volume 2 cover art

Some other versions of "Barbara Allen"
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: . Traditional, Jim Moray
release date: 1961-9
length: 4:17
vocal: Joan Baez
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.

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Wagoner's Lad
  • 2 The Trees They Do Grow High
  • 3 The Lily of the West
  • 4 Silkie
  • 5 Engine 143
  • 6 Once I Knew a Pretty Girl
  • 7 Lonesome Road
  • 8 Banks of the Ohio
  • 9 Pal of Mine
  • 10 Barbara Allen
  • 11 The Cherry Tree Carol
  • 12 Old Blue
  • 13 Railroad Boy
  • 14 Plaisir d'Amour

  • Album Information
    label: Vanguard
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin