The earliest printed version extant and probably ever is held by the British Library which lists it as: Barbara Allen's cruelty; or, the young-man's tragedy etc. [A ballad.] Also known as Barb'ry Ellen and Barbara Ellen. Price New from Used from Vinyl "Please retry" — — $249.00: In Scarlet town where I was born There was a fair maid dwelling And every youth cried well away For her name was Barbara Allen. Barbara Allen. Scholars have identified four basic tunes and four basic sets of lyrics for "Barbara Allen", although there are many variations, with one source claiming to have collected 98 different versions in Virginia alone. (Roud 54) The author is unknown, but the song may have originated in England, Ireland or Scotland. One of the oldest and beloved songs in medieval antiquity is the ballad of Barbara Allen. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Folk Music of the United States: Versions and Variants of Barbara Allen From the Archive of Folk Song Lp LIBRARY OF CONGRESS (Composer), Charles Seeger (Conductor) Format: Vinyl. There are countless versions of Barbara Allen and on Celtic Radio we have a total of eight versions available to request. Looking at the video, you can pretty quickly get a sense of how Joan Baez plays Barbara Allen. Even the young man has only a few names ("Sweet William," "Sir John Graham," some Ozark versions have "Young Belfry"). Barbara allen : 169 versions par 94 artistes, Billie Joe + Norah, Norah Jones, Billie Joe, Joan Baez, Art Garfunkel, William Holly, Pete Seeger, The King's Singers, Craig Duncan, Poussières d'etoiles, Merle Travis, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Mairead Ni Dhomhnaill, Jerry Reed, Marie Laforêt The girl's name is always Barbara/Barbary/Barbra Allen/Ellen. The popularity of Barbara Allen, at least in the version that Johnny sings, is possibly due to its inclusion in Chappell’s Popular Music of the Olden Time of 1859. Twas in the merry month of May The green buds were a swelling Sweet William on his deathbed lay For the love of Barbara Allen. It has been classified as Child Ballad 84. There are numerous later editions including "Barbara Allen. Near Medicine Bow, where I was born Was a young girl dwellin' Made all the boys ride saddle-sore and her name was Barbry Allen. The song is in 4/4 time. The story, too, is always the same: Sweet William is dying for love of Barbara Allen. The YouTube recording below features a very young Joan Baez playing this song, I suspect in the late 1950s or early 1960s. "Barbara Allen" migrated to North America, where it was one of the most popular folk ballads. He sent a servant unto her To the place she was dwelling Some published versions have this ballad ending with stanza 9, after Barbara Allan announces her impending death, leaving out the “true love’s knot” that symbolizes their reunion. Origins. Barbara Allen - Chords, Lyrics and Origins. Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Barbara Allen' different versions From: GUEST,shamus Date: 11 Mar 00 - 10:37 AM A bluegrass banjo picker/story teller from Chicago recorded a Western flavored entry, Art Thieme. "The Ballad of Barbara Allen", also known as "Barbara Ellen," "Barbara Allan," "Barb'ry Allen," "Barbriallen," etc., is a folk song known in dozens of versions. The ballad was first mentioned in Pepys’s diary when, on 2 January 1666, he wrote that the actress Mary Knipp sang “her little Scotch song of Barbary Allen”. Find album release information for Versions & Variants of Barbara Allen - Various Artists on AllMusic It is over three centuries old.