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In Scotland I was born and bred,
O, there it was my dwelling;
I courted there a pretty maid,
O, her name was Barbara Allen.

I courted her in summer time,
I courted her in winter;
For six long years I courted her,
A-thinking for to win her.

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Source: Kidson F, 1891, Traditional Tunes, A Collection of Ballad Airs, Oxford, Taphouse and Son

From Frank Kidson's notes:

... The second version is from the Northallerton district, and varies from the usual words. I take the air of this to be of an early date, and when sweetly sung is excellent.

The singing is from Mr A. Wardill, Goathland

Roud: 54 (Search Roud index at VWML) Take Six

Related Songs:  Barbara Allen (1) (thematic) Barbara Allen (3) (thematic)

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