Cruel Mother, Lyric Variant 02
 

Citation

“Cruel Mother, Lyric Variant 02,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed January 27, 2022, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31445.


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Title

Cruel Mother, Lyric Variant 02

Description

One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. Both lower corners were folded into the laminate.

Subject

Ballads, English -- United States Ballads, Irish -- United States Murder -- Songs and music Death -- Songs and music Hell -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

The Rose o' Malindie O. Down by the Greenwood Side. The Greenwood Siding. The Greenwood Side. There was a Lady Lived in York. Fair Flowers of Helio. Hey wi' the Rose and the Lindie. Down by the Greenwood Side-e-o. Edinbrie. There was a Lady Drest in Green

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created

5/8/2007

Contributor

I. G. Greer

Rights

The images and audio files contained in the "So Mote It Ever Be: The Folksong Heritage of North Carolina's Northern Blue Ridge Mountains" collection are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that proper citation is used (e.g. I. G. Greer/W. Amos Abrams Manuscript Files Series, Folksong Files Subseries. W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Special Collections. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC). Any commercial use of the materials without the written permission of Appalachian State University is strictly prohibited. Please contact the Appalachian State University W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection with specific questions or with requests for further information.

Format

pdf

Language

English
English

Type

Typescript

Transcription

The Lady in the Tower.

There was a lady who lived in a tower,
All-alone-and-a-lonely
She got married to a fisherman’s son,
All down by the green wood siding.

She had two girls ,both tender and fair,
All-alone-and-a-lonely.
She got it in her heart to kill,
All down by the green wood siding.

She took a rope both strong and stout,
All-a-lone-and-a-lonely.
She took a knife both keen and sharp,
All down by the green wood siding.

She bound them down both hands and feet,
All-alone-and-a-lonely.
She pierced that knife to their tender hearts,
All down by the green wood siding.

She buried them under a marble stone,
All-alone-and-a-lonely.
She prayed to God it would never be known,
All down by the green wood siding.

In seven days she took a walk,
All-alone-and-a-lonely.
She spied those two little girls at play,
All down by the green wood siding.

Oh, girls, oh girls, if you were mine,
All-alone-and-a-lonely,
I’d dress you in the silk so fine,
All down by the green wood siding.

Oh, Mother, oh, Mother, if we were thine,
All-alone-and-a-lonely,
We would need not your silk that you dress in so fine,
All down by the green wood siding.

In seven days you will hear a bell,
All-alone-and-a-lonely,
In seven more you will scream in hell,
All down by the green wood siding.

In seven days she heard that bell,
All-alone-and-a-lonely.
In seven more she screamed in hell,
All down by the green wood siding.

Classification Title

Cruel Mother, Lyric Variant 02

Document Title

The Lady in the Tower

Scholarly Classification

Child, 20 Randolph, 8 Cox, 5 Combs, 9 Sharp, 10

Dimensions - Original

216 mm x 279 mm

Upload Date

2013-10-18

File name

113_CruelMother_Lyric_02_ocr

Transcription Date

2006-07-25

Transcribed By

Paul L. Robertson

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