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Posted By: Roberto
04-Dec-04 - 01:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Barbara Allen (from Jimmy Stewart)
Subject: Lyr Req: Jimmy Stewart's Barbara Allen
From JEAN RITCHIE - FIELD TRIP, Greenhays 726, 1954 recordings, a version of Barbara Allen sung by Jimmy Stewart, North-East of Scotland. Please, help me complete and correct this attempt of a transcription. Thank you. Roberto

O Hunting (?) I was bred and born
Scotland was my dwellin' O
I fell in love of a nice young girl
And her name was Barb'ra Allen O
And her name was Barb'ra Allen O

I courted her for seven long year
I couldnae court her longer O
But I fell sick and very ill
And I sent for Barb'ra Allen O
And I sent for Barb'ra Allen O

As when she come to my bed-side
She says Young man, you're dyin' O
Oh, dyin' I said it cannot be
One kiss from you will cure me O
One kiss from me you'll never get
Lang as your heart ... a-breakin' O
Lang as your heart ... a-breakin' O

O turn my back intae the wall
And my face 'fore Barb'ra Allen O
... adieu tae me and adieu tae you
Be kind to Barb'ra Allen O
Be kind to Barb'ra Allen O

And look you up at my bed-heid
And you'll see what you'll see hangin' there
A guinea gold watch and a silver chain
Gie that tae Barb'ra Allen O
Gie that tae Barb'ra Allen O

And look you doon at my bed fit
And you'll see what you'll see standin' there
A chain (?) ... a basin fu' o' tears
We shed for Bar'ba Allen O
We shed for Bar'ba Allen O

She was nae one mile fae the toon
She heard the deid-bells tollin' O
When every toll did seem to say:
Hard-hearted Barb'ra Allen O
Hard-hearted Barb'ra Allen O

O mother, O mother make me my bed
And make it long and narrow
My true love died for me today
An' I'll die for him tomorrow