Barbara Allen

from by Jacqueline Novikov



arr. Fred Weatherly


Twas in the merry month of May
When green bud sall were swelling
Sweet William on his deathbed lay
For the love of Barbara Allen

Slowly slowly she got up
And slowly she drew nigh him
And the only words to him did say
Young man I think you're dying

When he was dead and laid in grave
She heard the death bell knelling
And every stroke to her did say
Hardhearted Barbara Allen

Oh father go and dig my grave
Make it both long and narrow
Sweet William died on yesterday
And I will die tomorrow

Barbara was buried in the old churchyard
Sweet William was buried beside her
Out of Sweet William's heart there grew a rose
Out of Barbara Allen's a briar

They grew and grew in the old churchyard
Till they could grow no higher
In the end they formed an true lover's knot
And the rose grew round the briar


from What’s in a Name, released May 1, 2012
Jacqueline Novikov (soprano)
Sarah E. Wheeler (piano)




Jacqueline Novikov Boston, Massachusetts

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. ... more

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