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)