Judy Collins - Barbara Allen Lyrics




It was in the merry month of May
When the green buds were swelling
A young man on his death bed lay
For love of Barbara Allen

He sent his servant to the town
Sent him to her dwelling
My master's sick and he sends for you
If you are Barbara Allen

So slowly, slowly she got up
Slowly she would nigh him
And all she said when she got there was
"My true love you're dying"

He turned his face unto the wall
Death was in him dwelling
Adieu, adieu to my sweet friends all
Be kind 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

As she walked down the road to home
She saw his hearse a-comin'
"Oh, lay him down on the cold, cold ground
That I may gaze upon him"

Oh mother, mother, make my bed
Make it soft and narrow
For my true love has died today
I'll die for him tomorrow

They buried her by the old church tower
In there lay beside her
And from her grave grew red, red rose
And from his grave grew brier

They grew to the top of the old church tower
Till they could grow no higher
And there they tied in a true love's knot
The red, red rose and the brier





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  1. 中里知子

    私も米津玄師さんから来ました。
    美しい曲ですね。
    バーバラアレン。

  2. a sheep

    美しい愛の絆の歌。メロディも歌声も素敵です。

  3. Lulu T

    Twas in the merry month of May,
    When the green buds were swellin'.
    A young man on his deathbed lay
    For the love of Barbara Allen.

    He sent his servant to the town,
    Sent him to her dwellin'.
    "My master's sick and and he sends for you
    If you are Barbara Allen."

    Then slowly, slowly she got up
    Slowly she went nigh him,
    And all she said when she got there was,
    "My true love, you're dyin'."

    He turned his face unto the wall,
    Death was in him dwellin'
    "Adieu, adieu, to all my sweet friends all.
    Be kind to Barbara Allen."

    As she was walked down the road to home
    She saw his hearse a'coming
    "Oh, lay him down on the cold, cold ground
    That I may gaze upon him."

    "Oh mother, mother make my bed
    Make it soft and narrow.
    For my true love has died today.
    I'll die for him tomorrow."

    They buried her by the old church tower
    Him they lay beside her,
    And from her grave, grew a red, red rose,
    And from his grave, grew a briar.

    They grew to the top of the old church tower,
    Till they could grow no higher,
    And there they twined in a true love's knot,
    The red, red rose and the briar.

  4. Lulu T

    米津さんこの歌が大好きって
    心の豊かさ感じる。
    すごく美しい。
    neighbourhood聴いて何回も泣いた。

    めいここ

    私も米津さんからここに来ました。あなたの感性も美しい。もう涙はかわきましたか?

  5. スマイルスマイル

    米津玄師さんの歌から。美しい曲だ。

  6. Key West Kyn

    Far to many years ago, I had the honor to hear her in KW.

  7. Ruby Sparrow

    A voice that always made an impact with every song she sings...
    Always a delight to listen to...
    Beautiful...
    Thank you...
    Ruby*

  8. イオン

    1:58のところneighborhood のとこにそっくりだ^_^

  9. イオン

    郷愁がすごいいい!そして米津さんから…

  10. Pendoring 282

    Oh wow........

  11. Pendoring 282

    Oh wow........

  12. ちゃんちゃん

    米津玄師様からきました

    イオン

    ちゃん ちゃん Neighbourhoodかな?

  13. Chris Drake

    This is one of my favorite songs by Judy Collins. which is a bit strange for a kind of sad song. but it's actually catchy.

  14. Johnny Jensen

    If I make it to Heaven, I hope it's her voice I hear! Vocal beauty and perfection~!

  15. Michael Howard

    love Judy's voice.the way she hangs on the final. note.control

  16. Michael Howard

    love Judy's voice.the way she hangs on the final. note.control

  17. Michael Howard

    love Judy's voice.the way she hangs on the final. note.control

  18. mickeygrump

    Why did she change the story? Barbara Allen was the cold person, not William.

    STrobairitz

    Traditional songs generally have many variations, including variations that are created in present time. I don't know if Judy changed the story, but I certainly love this version.

    Mary Plaidy

    mickeygrump You are correct. She rejected him and died from remorse.

  19. TheFletcherFamily

    u can't beat old folk music like this especially when its sung great like this

  20. WatchWithCareOK

    Judy Collins has a voice like no other I've ever heard.

  21. NickPenlee

    Here, dear friends, is the epitome of folk singing from the great Judy Collins.
    What very emotive lyrics these are; beyond comment really.

    Guffy Wade

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this song, and Judy has such a beautiful voice. Thank you for sharing this.