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Barbara Allen 1

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15 Oct 1962
cd imgLIVE AT THE GASLIGHT 1962
cd imgGASLIGHT TAPES (T-104)

  Live, Gaslight Cafˇ, NYC - 15.oct.1962  

In Charlotte town not far from here
There was a fair maid dwellin'
And her name was known both far and near
And her name was Barbara Allen.

'T was in the merry month of may
The green buds there were swellin'
Poor William on his dead bed lay
For a lover, Barbara Allen.

He sent his man down to town
To the place that she was dwellin'
Sayin', "Master bids your company
If your name is Barbara Allen.''

Oh slowly, slowly she got up
To the place where he was lyin'
And when she pulled the curtain by 
Said, "Young man I believe is dying.''

"Oh yes, oh yes i'm very sick
And I sure not will get better
Unless I have the love of one
The love of Barbara Allen.''

"Don't you remember not long ago
The day down in the tavern
You toasted all the ladies there
But you slighted Barbara Allen.''

"Oh yes, oh yes i remember well
That day down in the tavern
I toasted all the ladies there
But i gave my heart to Barbara Allen.''

She looked till east, she looked till west
She saw his pale corpse a-comin'
Cryin', "Put him down and leave him nigh
So I might gaze upon him.''

The more she gazed, the more she moaned
Until she burst out cryin'
Sayin', "I beg you come and take him 'way   
For my heart now too is a-dyin'.''

"Oh, father, father come dig my grave
Dig it wide and narrow
For William died for me today
I'll die for him tomorrow.''

They buried him in the old church yard
They buried her beside him
And from his heart grew a red, red rose
And from her heart a briar.

They grew, they grew so awful high
Till they could grow no higher
It was there they tied a lover's knot
The red rose and the briar.

In Charlotte town not far from here
There was a maid a-dwellin'
And her name was known both far an' near
An' her name was Barbara Allen.  up
    

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Barbara Allen 2


19 Oct 1988
cd imgSTUCK INSIDE OF NEW YORK (T-155)

22 June 1991
cd imgGOLDEN VANITY (T-238)

29 June 1991
cd imgTHE NEVER ENDING TOUR (T-203)

  Live, Radio City Music Hall, NYC - 19.oct.1988  
  Live, Schlosspark, Bad Mergentheim GER - 22.jun.1991  
  Live, Midfyn Festival, Ringe DK - 29.jun.1991  

In Scarlet town where i was born
There was a fair maid dwellin'
And her name was known both far and near
And they called her Barbara Allen.

'T was in the merry month of may
The green buds there were swellin'
Sweet William on his dead bed lay
For the love of Barbara Allen.

He sent his man down to town
To the place that she was dwellin'
Sayin', "Master bids your company
If your name be Barbara Allen.''

Slowly, slowly she got up
To the place where he was lyin'
And when she pulled the curtain back
Said, "Young man I believe you're dying.''

"Oh yes, oh yes i'm very sick
And I'll sure not be better
Unless I have the love of one
The love of Barbara Allen.''

"Don't you remember that night ago
The night down in the tavern
You gave a toast to all the ladies there
But you slighted Barbara Allen.''

"Oh yes, oh yes i remember it well
That night down in the tavern
I gave a toast to all the ladies there
But i gave my heart to Barbara Allen.''

As she was walkin' in the yonder field
She could hear them death bells a-knelling
An' every toll seemed to say
Hard hearted Barbara Allen

The more they tolled, the more she wept
Till her heart was filled with sorrow
She says, "Sweet William dief for me today   
I'll die for him tomorrow.''

They buried her in the old church yard
They buried him beside her
And from her heart grew a red rose
And from his heart a briar.

They grew, they grew so awfully high
Till they could grow no higher
And there they tied a lover's knot
The red rose and the briar.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

15 Oct 1962 1 LIVE AT THE GASLIGHT 1962
GASLIGHT TAPES (b)
19 Oct 1988 2 STUCK INSIDE OF NEW YORK (b)
22 June 1991 2 GOLDEN VANITY (b)
29 June 1991 2 THE NEVER ENDING TOUR (b)