Who Sang Barbara Allen? Merle Travis

Merle Travis Folk Songs of the Hills / Back Home / Songs of the Coal Mines cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1999-12-25
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
length: 4:03
Some other versions of "Barbara Allen"

In scarlet Town where I was born
There was a fair maid dwelling
Made many a youth cry well a day
Her name was Barbara Allen

It was in the merry month of May
When green buds they were swelling
Sweet William came from the west country
And he courted Barbara Allen

He sent his servant unto her
To the place where she was dwelling
Said my master's sick, bids me call for you
If your name be Barbara Allen

Well, slowly, slowly got she up
And slowly went she nigh him
But all she said as she passed his bed
Young man I think you're dying

Then lightly tripped she down the stairs
She heard those church bells tolling
And each bell seemed to say as it tolled
Hard hearted Barbara Allen

O, mother, mother go make my bed
And make it long and narrow
Sweet William died for me today
I'll die for him tomorrow

They buried Barbara in the old church yard
They buried Sweet William beside her
Out of his grave grew a red, red rose
And out of hers a briar

They grew and grew up the old church wall
Till they could grow no higher
And at the top twined a lover's knot
The red rose and the briar

CD 1
  • 1 Nine Pound Hammer
  • 2 That's All
  • 3 John Bolin
  • 4 Muskrat
  • 5 Dark as a Dungeon
  • 6 John Henry
  • 7 Sixteen Tons
  • 8 Possom Up a Simmon Tree
  • 9 I Am a Pilgrim
  • 10 Over by Number Nine
  • 11 Barbara Allen
  • 12 Lost John
  • 13 Black Gold
  • 14 The Harlan County Boys
  • 15 Payday Comes Too Slow
  • 16 The Browder Explosion
  • 17 Bloody Brethitt County
  • 18 Here's to the Operator, Boys
  • 19 The Miner's Wife
  • 20 The Courtship of Second Cousin Claude
  • 21 Miner's Strawberries
  • 22 Paw Walked Behind Us With a Carbide Lamp
  • 23 Preacher Lane
  • 24 Dear Old Halifax

  • Release information
    label: Bear Family Records
    country(area): Germany
    format: CD
    barcode: 4000127156365
    script: Latin