Over the Garden Wall
 


Citation

“Over the Garden Wall,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed January 29, 2023, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31783.


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Title

Over the Garden Wall

Description

This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.

Subject

Folk songs, English
Courtship--Songs and music
Elopement--Songs and music
Fathers and daughters--Songs and music

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Contributor

Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Text

Transcription

Over The Garden Wall
Oh, my love stood under the walnut tree,
Over the garden wall
And whispered and sang she’d be true to me,
Over the garden wall.
She’d beautiful eyes and beautiful hair,
She was not very tall so she stood in a chair,
And many a time have I kissed her there,
Over the garden wall.
Over the garden wall, the sweetest girl of all
There never were yet such eyes of jet
And you can bet I’ll never forget
The night our lips in kisses met
Over the garden wall.

Her father stamped and her father raved,
Over the garden wall.
And like an old mad man he behaved
Over the garden wall.
She made a bouquet of roses red and
immediately
I popped up my head,
But he gave me a bucket of water instead
Over the garden wall.
(Chorus)

One day I jumped down on the other side
Over the garden wall,
And she bravely promised to be my bride
Over the garden wall.
She screamed in a fright, here’s father quick,
I have an impression he’s bringing a stick,
But I brought the impression of half a brick
Over the garden wall.
(Chorus)

Where there’s a will, there’s always a way
Over the garden wall
There’s always a night as well as a day
Over the garden wall.
We hadn’t much money but weddings are cheap
So while the old fellow was snoring asleep
With a lad and a ladder she managed to creep
Over the garden wall.
(Chorus)

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Additional Songs - 714 Randolph, 867

File name

113_OverTheGardenWall

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