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Chords and Lyrics for Barbara Allen

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Traditional Music
Traditional Lyrics


In Scarlet town, where I was born,

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There was a fair maid dwellin',

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Made ev'ry youth cry "well-away;" 

             G  A7   D 
Her name was Barbara Allen.

All in the merry month of May,

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When green buds then were swellin',

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Young Jemmy Grove on his deathbed lay,

    D       G  A7   D 
For love of Barbara Allen. 


And death is printed on his face,

             Bm    E7 A 
And o'er his heart is stealin',

     G             D 
Then haste away to comfort him,

         G  A7   D 
O lovely Barbara Allen.

So slowly, slowly she came up,

           Bm  E7   A 
And slowly she came nigh him;

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And all she said, when there she came, 

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"Young man, I think you're dying." 


When he was dead and in his grave,

              Bm     E7   A 
Her heart was struck with sorrow; 

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"O mother, mother, make my bed,

            G   A7 D 
For I shall die tomorrow.

Farewell," she said, "ye virgins all,

             Bm    E7 A 
And shun the fault I  fell in;

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Henceforth take warning by the fall 

   D     G  A7   D 
Of cruel Barbara Allen." 

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