Wildwood Flower

There are so many versions of this , and so many different singers have had a go.Lyrics vary as well . It originally a poem written in 1860.This is Reese Witherspoons version of the lyrics some i don’t like and would change to the original words which do make sense.I will put the original poem on here.The Carter family i believe wrote a tune to go with this poem and changed some of the words , or perhaps forgot them and made some up.June Carter Cash , Johnny Cash’s wife used to come on at his concerts and sing it.

I’ll twine ‘mid the ringlets of my raven black hair,

The lilies so pale and the roses so fair,

The myrtle so bright with an emerald hue,

And the pale aronatus with eyes of bright blue.

 

I’ll sing and I’ll dance, my laugh shall be gay;

I’ll cease this wild weeping  drive sorrow away,

Though my heart is now breaking, he never shall know

That his name made me tremble and my pale cheeks to glow.

 

I’ll think of him never  I’ll be wildly gay,

I’ll charm every heart, and the crowd I will sway,

I’ll live yet to see him, regret the dark hour

When he won, then neglected, the frail wildwood flower.

 

He told me he loved me, and promised to love,

Through ill and misfortune, all others above,

Another has won him; ah, misery to tell;

He left me in silence — no word of farewell.

 

He taught me to love him, he called me his flower

That blossomed for him all the brighter each hour;

But I woke from my dreaming, my idol was clay;

My visions of love have all  faded away.

Here is another version

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