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Wildwood Flower
The Carter Family Lyrics


I will twine, I will mingle my raven black hair
With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
And the myrtle so bright with it's emerald hue
The pale and the leader and eyes look like blue

I will dance, I will sing and my laugh shall be gay
I will charm every heart, in his crown I will sway
When I awoke from my dreaming my idol was clay
All portion of love had all flown away

Oh, he taught me to love him and promised to love
And to cherish me over all others above
How my heart is now wondering no misery can tell
He's left with no warning, no word of farewell

Oh, he taught me to love him and called me his flower
That was blooming to cheer him through life's dreary hour
Oh, I long to see him and regret the dark hour
He's one that neglected this pale wildwood flower

Lyrics © DistroKid, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Alvin Pleasant Carter

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BISMARCK ROCK

THE CARTER FAMILY
“WILDWOOD FLOWER”

I will twine, I will mingle my raven black hair
With the roses so red and the lilies so fair

And the myrtle so bright with it's emerald hue
The pale and the leader and eyes look like blue

I will dance, I will sing and my laugh shall be gay
I will charm every heart, in his crown I will sway

When I awoke from my dreaming my idol was clay
All portion of love had all flown away

<<<GUITAR SOLO>>>

Oh, he taught me to love him and promised to love
And to cherish me over all others above

How my heart is now wondering no misery can tell
He's left with no warning, no word of farewell

Oh, he taught me to love him and called me his flower
That was blooming to cheer him through life's dreary hour

Oh, I long to see him and regret the dark hour
He's one that neglected this pale wildwood flower.


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bonute13

[Verse 1]
Oh, I'll twine with my mingles and waving black hair
With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
And the myrtle so bright with the emerald dew
The pale amanita and eyes look like blue

[Verse 2]
I will dance, I will sing, and my loft shall be gay
I will charm every heart, in his crown I will sway
When I woke from my dreaming my idol was clay
All portion of love had all flown away

[Verse 3]
Oh, he taught me to love him and promised to love
And to cherish me over all others above
How my heart is now wondering no misery can tell
He's left me no warning, no words of farewell

[Verse 4]
Oh, he taught me to love him and called me his flower
That's blooming to cheer him through life's dreary hour
Oh, I long to see him and regret the dark hour
He's gone and neglected this pale wildwood flower



The Mermaid's Tale

From Google, here’s the lyrics as recorded by The Carter Family, written by A.P. Carter

Oh, I’ll twine with my mingles and waving black hair
With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
And the myrtle so bright with the emerald hue
The pale and the leader and eyes look like blue.

Oh I’ll dance , I will sing and my laugh shall be gay
I will charm every heart, in his crown I will sway
When I woke from my dreaming, my idol was clay
All portion of love had all flown away.

Oh he taught me to love him and promised to love
And to cherish me over all others above
How my heart is now wond’ring no mis’ry can tell
He’s left me no warning, no words of farewell.

Oh, he taught me to love him and called me his flow’r
That was blooming to cheer him through life’s dreary hour
Oh, I long to see him and regret the dark hour
He’s gone and neglected this pale wildwood flow’r.

This was furnished by some one from the UK, I can’t tell if it’s from sheet music.



All comments from YouTube:

James McCauley

Those 3 part harmonies around one mic - sublime

Annetta Nations

These are beautiful songs played by the very best. I love/loved Mother Maybell.

alan4sure

After playing my guitar for Mom in the senior's home, when leaving I stopped to play some Wildwood flower for an elderly lady with dementia in her wheelchair who doesn't speak anymore. To my surprise, she hummed the tune exactly and her face lit right up. Music does amazing things.

Ancient Cyclops

Yeah thankyou for doing that.

John Gundersen

@Silvana716
Much obliged to you Silvana716!

DAR ZUKA

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO...

Nancy Siler

God bless you for doing that! My Daddy and most of his siblings also played it! My very favorite of all...gosh I miss them so much!

John Ahern

…and so do you!

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Valerie Gordon

Sitting here in nostalgic tears. I am 61 years old and when I was little mom had the album with this song on it. We lived in a tiny little house in Saskatchewan and some nights mom and dad would have friends over to play guitar and sing. I grew up listening to the Carter Family and listening to it just brings back mom and her guitar. Thank you so much for posting this.

TJ Wash

You had better entertainment than someone with a big screen TV, 5 streaming services and 100+ cable channels.

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