Little Bunch of Roses, Lyric Variant 02


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Little Bunch of Roses, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. Another document was erroneously laminated to the reverse side. The majority of this second document was cut away, leaving the upper right corner sealed in the laminate. This fragment is visible along the left edge of the first document.


Folk songs -- United States Farewells -- Songs and music Love -- Songs and music Roses -- Songs and music


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Little Bunch of Roses

Darling I have come to tell you,
Though this message breaks my heart
For before the dawning, darling,
We’ll be many miles apart.

Take this little bunch of roses
That you gave me long ago.
I have kissed them many times, darling,
Never to kiss them any more.

Down among the faded roses,
I have but the withered stem.
I have parted from my darling
Never to see his face again.

Go and leave me if you wish to.
Never let me cross you mind.
In your heart you love another
Who will treat you good and kind.

Darling, don’t you know who loves you?
Don’t you know whose heart is true?
Don’t you know who’s sad without you?
Goodbye, darling, I must go.

One more word and all is over,
Though my eyes are filled with tears.
You have caused me lots of trouble
You have almost broke my heart.

One more word and all is over,
Though my eyes are filled with tears.
Meet me darling, up in Heaven,
There to spend ten thousand years.

Don’t you hear a sea bird acrying
On a dark and lonely sea?
Oh! My darling, while you’re thinking,
Won’t you sometimes think of me?

I would pawn my watch and locket,
I would pawn my golden chain.
I would spend my last old dollar
Just to see his face again.

Don’t the sea look rough and rugged?
Don’t the sea look wide and deep?
Don’t my darling look the sweetest
When he’s in my arms asleep?

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Little Bunch of Roses, Lyric Variant 02

Document Title

Little Bunch of Roses

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Additional Songs - 700 Combs, 200

Dimensions - Original

217 mm x 280 mm

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Paul L. Robertson