Who Sang Barbara Allen? Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger God Bless the Grass cover art

Some other versions of "Barbara Allen"
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Merle Travis
release date:
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Bluegrass/Folk
length: 1:14
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.

  • 1 The Power and the Glory
  • 2 Pretty Saro
  • 3 70 Miles
  • 4 The Faucets Are Dripping
  • 5 Cement Octopus
  • 6 God Bless the Grass
  • 7 The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood
  • 8 Coal Creek March
  • 9 The Girl I Left Behind
  • 10 I Love a Rabbit
  • 11 The People Are Scratching
  • 12 Coyote, My Little Brother
  • 13 Preserven El Parque Elysian
  • 14 My Dirty Stream
  • 15 Johnny Riley
  • 16 Barbara Allen
  • 17 From Way Up Here
  • 18 My Land Is a Good Land
  • 19 America the Beautiful
  • 20 Business
  • 21 There'll Come a Time

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