Cash, Johnny - Wildwood Flower Lyrics




Oh I'll twine with my mingles and waving black hair
With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
And the myrtles so bright with the emerald dew
The pale and the leader and eyes look like blue

I will dance I will sing and my laugh shall be gay
I will charm every heart in her crown I will sway
When I woke from my dreaming my idols were clay
All portions of love had all blown away

Oh she taught me to love her and promised to love
And to cherish me over all others above
How my heart is now wondering no misery can tell
She left me no warning no words of farewell

Yes she taught me to love her and call me her flower
That was blooming to cheer her through life's dreary hour
Oh I long to see her and regret the dark hour
She's gone and neglected her pale wildwood flower





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  1. Satu Mäkelä

    Oh, she is 'blight' as the palewood flower, her and the promised land. And let sheriff took her in to the prison.

  2. Hyperion Zagreos

    1.
    I'll twine 'mid the ringlets of my raven black hair,
    The lilies so pale and the roses so fair,
    The myrtle so bright with an emerald hue,
    And the pale aronatus with eyes of bright blue.

    2.
    I'll sing and I'll dance, my laugh shall be gay;
    I'll cease this wild weeping drive sorrow away,
    Tho' my heart is now breaking, He never shall know
    That his name made me tremble and my pale cheeks to glow.

    3.
    I'll think of him never I'll be wildly gay,
    I'll charm ev'ry heart, and the crowd I will sway,
    I'll live yet to see him, regret the dark hour
    When he won, then neglected, the frail wildwood flower.

    4.
    He told me he loved me, and promis'd to love,
    Trough ill and misfortune, all others above,
    Another has won him, ah, misery to tell;
    He left me in silence no word of farewell.

    5.
    He taught me to love him, he call'd me his flower
    That blossom'd for him all the brighter each hour
    But I woke from my dreaming, my idol was clay
    My visions of love have all faded away.

    6.
    I'll think of him never I'll be wildly gay,
    I'll charm ev'ry heart, and the crowd I will sway,
    I'll live yet to see him, regret the dark hour
    When he won, then neglected, the frail wildwood flower.


    1860 - Words by Maud Irving

  3. Dr. Sloth nelson

    Great song

  4. Bluegrass Special

    The words are "the pale Anthelita (pronounced Antheliter by Maybelle), the Islip so blue. These are country flowers and that's what the 1st verse is about - all the different flowers that she puts in her hair to pretty herself up. And naturally Johnny has kindly changed the words in the later verses from male to female gender. Also "idols was clay" and "all portion of love". You got the rest right though.

    el sombra

    that's really cool! this is my favourite song of all time, and i'd always wondered what the exact lyrics were. since its such an old song, there's myriad versions. the mike ness one is really good too, if you like rockabilly.

  5. Paulbo B

    It is actually, "My laugh shall be gay". Maybelle had a real twang on some of her words. Laugh was said as loff, and flower was flour. Oddly, Maybelle did not sing on the original recording, it was actually Sara.

  6. davskok

    gay - means high in music words :) (word Gay which is mean in way of the homodexuals has it's origin from .. - okay, just forget it, IT MEANS HIGH :D ;-)

    Kenny Dobbins

    You mean happy.

    Tolkien Fan

    HAPPY GAY MEANS HAPPY AND NOTHING ELSE !

  7. Helmut83

    "my lough shall be gay" ???

    Blu_Is_A _Name

    Helmut83 gay means happy in this sense

  8. Ben D-I

    @tonygould1 you can say the same about most American folk music

  9. tony gould

    it s an old civil war song but the tune his english yet again pinced from us brits same has streets of lorado thats an english tune both wrote in yorkshire same has scarbrough fair

  10. Barbara Pellegatta

    @siontimmy1 Yes,it's true, also mother Maybelle Carter sang this... but on a cd I've bought there was this song sung by Johnny and I liked it