13. Barbry Allen

Songs of the Revolution – 13. Barbry Allen

Lyrics:

In Scarlet Town where I was born, there was a fair maid dwelling

She made many a youth cry well a day, and her name was Barbry Allen

               Oh her name was Barbry Allen

Was in the merry month of May when green buds they were swelling

Sweet William came from the West Country, and he courted Barbry Allen

               there he courted Barbry Allen

He sent his servant unto her to the place where she was dwelling

Said my master’s sick, he bids me call on you, if your name be Barbry Allen

               if your name be Barbry Allen

Well slowly, slowly she got up and slowly she went nigh him

But all she said as she passed his bed, young man I think you’re dying

               Oh 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 to her, hard hearted Barbry Allen

               hard hearted Barbry Allen

Oh mother go and make my bed and make it long and narrow

Young William died for me today, I will die for him tomorrow

               I will die for him tomorrow

They buried Barbry in the old churchyard, they buried William beside her

And from his grave grew a red red rose, and out of hers a briar

               out of her grave came the briar

They grew and grew up the old church wall, till they could grow no higher

And at the top wind a lovers’ knot, t’was the red rose and the briar

               t’was the red rose and the briar

In Scarlet Town where I was born, there once was a fair maid dwelling

She made many a youth cry well a day, and her name was Barbry Allen               

Oh her name was Barbry Allen

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