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Fair And Tender Ladies (trad.)     Silver Dagger (trad.)


My daddy was a handsome gambler
He had a chain five miles long
On every link a heart gets dangled
Of another maid he loved and wronged

He told to you some loving story
He'd make you think he'd leave them true
But love grows cold as love grows older
And fades away like morning dew

I'd rather be in some dark hollow
Where the sun refused to shine
Than to live here in Missouri
With your memory always on my mind

Come all ye fair and tender ladies
Take warning how your court your man
They're like a star on a summer's morning
First they appear then they're gone again
 

Don't sing love songs, you'll wake my mother
She's sleeping here right by my side
And in her right hand a silver dagger
She says that I can't be your bride

All men are false, says my mother
They'll tell you wicked, lovin' lies
The very next evening, they'll court another
Leave you alone to pine and sigh

My daddy is a handsome devil
He's got a chain five miles long
And on every link a heart does dangle
Of another maid he's loved and wronged

Go court another tender maiden
And hope that she will be your wife
For I've been warned, and I've decided
To sleep alone all of my life.

Dark Hollow (Bill Browning)


I'd rather be in some dark hollow
Where the sun don't ever shine
Than to be at home alone and knowing that you're gone
Would cause me to lose my mind

And blow your whistle freight train
Carry me farther on down the track
I'm going away I'm leaving today
I'm going but I ain't coming back

I'd rather be in some dark hollow
Where the sun don't ever shine
Than to be in some big city
In a small room with your love on my mind

And blow your whistle freight train
Carry me farther on down the track
I'm going away I'm leaving today
I'm going but I ain't coming back

Well, and blow your whistle freight train
Carry me farther on down the track
Well, I'm going away I'm leaving today
I'm going but I ain't coming back

I'm going away I'm leaving today
I'm going but I ain't coming back


Fort Knox Music / Trio Music Co. (BMI)
  Dark Hollow (trad.)


I'd rather be in some dark hollow
Where the sun don't ever shine
Then to be at home alone and knowin' that you're gone
Would cause me to lose my mind

So blow your whistle freight train
Take me far on down the track
I'm going away, I'm leaving today
I'm goin', but I ain't comin' back

I'd rather be in some dark hollow
Where the sun don't ever shine
Then to be in some big city
In a small room, with you on my mind

I'd rather be in some dark hollow
Where the sun don't ever shine
Then to see you another man's darlin'
And to know that you'll never be mine


Gene Clark "Flying High" 1998









Katy Dear
as sung by Ian & Sylvia


Oh, Katy Dear, go ask your father
If you might be a bride of mine
If he says yes then come and tell me
If he says no, we'll run away.

I cannot go and ask my father
For he is on his bed of rest
And by his side there's a golden dagger
To pierce the heart I love the best.

Oh Katy Dear, go ask your mother
If you might be a bride of mine
If she says yes then come and tell me
If she says no, we'll run away.

I cannot go and ask my mother
For she is on her bed of rest
And by her side there's a silver dagger
To pierce the heart I love the best.

He picked up a silver dagger
He pierced it through his wounded breast
Farewell Katy, farewell darling
I'll die for the one I love the best.

She picked up the bloody weapon
She pierced it through her snow-white breast
Farewell Momma Farewell Poppa
I'll go with the one I love the best.
  Tiny Sparrow (Storkey/Mezzetti)
as sung by Peter Paul and Mary


Come all ye fair and tender ladies,
Take warning how you court your men.
They're like the stars on a summer's mornin'
First they'll appear and then they're gone.

If I had known before I courted
What all his lyin' could have done
I'd have locked my heart in a box of golden
And never would have courted none.

I wish I were a tiny sparrow
And I had wings and I could fly.
I'd fly away to my own true lover
And all he'd ask I would deny.

Alas I'm not a tiny sparrow
I have not wings nor can I fly
And on this earth in grief and sorrow
I am bound until I die.

Come all ye fair and tender ladies
Take warning how you court your men.
They're like the stars on a summer's mornin'
First they'll appear and then they're gone.









Wikipedia:
"Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies" aka "Tiny Sparrow" or "Little Sparrow" is an American folk music ballad, originating from the Appalachian region. The title of the song varies from recording to recording and prior to the 1960s, the song was usually known as "Tiny Sparrow" or "Little Sparrow". Some versions substituted the "Sparrow" with "Swallow," another form of species of bird. (SOURCE: Pete Seeger version of the song). In more recent times, the song's title sometimes finds "Maidens" substituted for "Ladies," and "Come All Ye" or "Come All You" sometimes omitted.