Who Sang Barbara Allen? The New Lost City Ramblers

Release information
Release Date: 1959
Genre: Children's Folk, World, & Country
length: 3:24
Some other versions of "Barbara Allen"

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.

Vinyl 1
  • 1 Old Bell Cow
  • 2 Hopalong Peter
  • 3 Beware, Oh Take Care
  • 4 Soldier, Soldier, Will You Marry Me
  • 5 Eyes Are Blue
  • 6 Charley He's a Good Ol' Man
  • 7 Adam in the Garden Pinnin' Leaves
  • 8 Chewing Gum
  • 9 Cotton Eyed Joe
  • 10 Jennie Jenkins
  • 11 Barbara Allen
  • 12 Hop High Ladies (Hop Up Ladies)
  • 13 Rabbit Chase
  • 14 Common Bill
  • 15 Johnny Get Your Gun

  • Release information
    label: Smithsonian Folkways
    country(area): United States
    format: Vinyl
    script: Latin