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Lyr Req: Children in the Wood

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BABES IN THE WOOD (3)
BABES IN THE WOOD 2
PRETTY BABES IN THE WOOD
THE BABES IN THE WOOD (4)


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(origins) Origins: Poor Babes in the Woods (78)
Lyr Add: Babes in the Wood (from Mary Black) (6)
Lyr Req: Babes in the Wood (3) (closed)
Tune Req: Babes in the Wood (Copper Family) (12)


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Babes in the Wood


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Subject: LYR REQ Children in the Wood - Babes in the Wood
From: Kathleen
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 06:49 PM

Hello--I am looking for the lyrics to what I think is entitled Children in the Wood, maybe Child #135? Thanks for your help, I am new to this!

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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 07:46 PM

I didn't have any luck, Kathleen, but maybe this will help eliminate something. The Traditional Ballad Index says Child 135 is "Robin Hood and the Shepherd," and that doesn't sound like what you're looking for. A search of the Digital Tradition database here for #135 shows we have no listing for Child 135. Can you give us anything else you recall from the song? do you know of fragments of verses, or can you tell us where you found a recording?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From:
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 07:48 PM

In the search box at the upper right of this page put Q34 then click on 'search'. If you want the full original of Oct., 1595, see ZN1966 in the broadside ballad index at www.erols.com/olsonw


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Babes in the Wood
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 07:58 PM

Gee, it's good to have you around, Bruce. So, is it not a Child ballad at all? I found a long, long rendition of this in Folksongs of Florida, but I don't have time to type it until the weekend (it's at least 30 verses). Is it already posted somewhere?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 08:16 PM

Bruce, I checked your page and found the index reference, but not the lyrics. Where should I look?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From:
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 08:53 PM

See source code at the begining. RB2 and E are works reprinting ballads. It's also in Percy's 'Reliques'.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BABES IN THE WOODS
From: Lesley N.
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 10:18 PM

Kathleen - got your e-mail and thought I'd respond here to kill two birds with one stone - give both you and DT the lyrics! You said the the e-mail that the songs was also known as "Babes in the Woods" - that's in Sharp's English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians.

And then those pretty little babes
Did wander up and down,
And never more did see that man
Approaching from the town.

Their little lips with blackberries
Were all besmeared and dyed
And when the darksome night came on
They set them down and cried.

In each other's arms they died,
Grim death did end their grief.
Little Robin Redbreast pitiful-lie
Covered them up with leaves.

^^

Unlike many of the tunes in the book there are no other variants. Sharp says the tune is in Chrisite's Traditional Ballad Airs and Chappell's Music of the Olden Times - a later source would be McGills Folk Songs of the Kentucky Mountains.

There's nothing in Child noting either tune as a variant of any of his ballads.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BABES IN THE WOOD
From: Jeri
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 10:57 PM

There's one that goes:

Oh don't you remember a long time ago
Those two little babies their names I don't know
They wandered away one bright summer's day
Those two little babies got lost on their way

Chorus: Pretty babes in the wood
Pretty babes in the wood
Oh don't you remember
Those babes in the wood

I don't know the whole song, and the snippet I wrote is from memory, so it may be wrong. I think the song is one the Coppers do.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Babes in the Wood
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jul 99 - 04:57 AM

Dale Rose sent me a RealAudio of a 1972 recording of this song by the Whitfield Girls. Click here to play. After it starts loading, Click here to see the lyrics from the Digital Tradition database.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From: Dale Rose
Date: 16 Jul 99 - 10:12 AM

You can't get there from here. It says you have to go to Joe's page first, and then click on the song, but the link they give works, so who knows?

The Whitfield Girls (quite young as you can hear) recorded this for Jimmie Driftwood's label in 1972 on the second of two Rackensack samplers of musicians from the Stone County, Arkansas area. Their wording is almost identical to that given in Vance Randolph's book, so I would suspect that his book was their source, at least indirectly. (cited in the DT as From Ozark Folksongs, Randolph Collected from Marie Wilbur, Pineville MO 1929)

In an interesting side trip, you can find a bit more on Vance Randolph at the Library of Congress http://lcweb.loc.gov/spcoll/193.html ~~ it is difficult to beat reading his books for information on the music and folklore of the Ozarks. I would also recommend the works of W. K. (William/Bill) McNeil. You can search at Amazon for available listings for both authors.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From: Jeri
Date: 16 Jul 99 - 01:01 PM

Interesting - it's a variant of the one I'm familiar with and has a different tune and fewer verses.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jul 99 - 02:57 PM

I think I have the link (above) to the recording fixed. If it doesn't work, Click here to get to my home page and you'll find links to songs at the bottom of the page. I was trying to link direct to the RealAudio file so you wouldn't have to see the dumb Microsoft popup advertising, but maybe that can't be done. Let me know if it doesn't work. If you're at all interested in this song, you should hear this excellent recording.
I'll type the thirty verses over the weekend. I know Bruce is waiting in the wings for me to do it. He's probably got 'em, too, but wants somebody else to do the typing. (grin) Oh, well, he's certainly done his share of typing on his site.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From:
Date: 16 Jul 99 - 04:34 PM

I have at least 4 copies of different broadside issues of it, and I don't want to type it (20 8-line verses). Original tune, "Rogero" in ABC is B398 in the broadside ballad tunes at www.erols.com/olsonw.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jul 99 - 04:45 PM

I toldjaso - Bruce is getting lazy. Seems my website isn't working this afternoon, maybe because I said nasty things about Microsoft. Try the recording later.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From:
Date: 17 Jul 99 - 05:49 PM

I forgot that another tune, called "The Children in the Wood", appeared for the song in the 18th century, and it's B066 of the broadside ballad tunes at www.erols.com/olsonw .


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Subject: ADD: Babes in the Wood
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jul 99 - 01:27 PM

THE BABES IN THE WOOD

Now ponder well, you parents dear,
These words which I shall write;
An awful story you shall hear
In time brought forth to light.

A gentle man of good account
In Northforth (Norfolk) dwelt of late,
Whose wealth and riches did surmount
Most men of high estate.

So sick he was and like to die,
No help there could he have;
His wife as sick as him did die;
They both possessed one grave.

So love between these two was lost,
And to the other kind;
And as they lived, in love they died,
And left two babes behind.

One was a fine and pretty boy
Not passing three years old;
The other a girl more younger was,
And made in beauty's mold.

The father left his little son,
Which plainly doth appear,
When he to proper age should come,
Three hundred pounds a year.

And to his little daughter dear
Two hundred pounds in gold,
For to be paid on her marriage day,
Which should not be controlled.

And if these children chanced to die,
And ne'er to age do come,
Their uncle should their wealth possess,
For so the will begun.

"Dear Brother," said the dying man,
"Look to my children dear;
Be good unto my boy and girl;
No friend else have they here.

"To God and you I do commend
My children night and day;
'Tis but a little time I have
Within this world to stay.

"You must be father and mother both,
And uncle all in one;
You know what will become of them
When I am dead and gone."

These words spoke their mother dear,
"Attention to me give;
Keep both my babes carefully,
That they may never grieve."

With lips as cold as any stone
She kissed her children small;
Saying, "God bless you both, my babes."
With that the tears did fall.

Now then the brother spake again
To that sick couple there,
"The keeping of these children dear
Sweet Sister, do not fear.

"God never prosper none of men,
Or aught else what I have,
If I do wrong your children dear
When you are in the grave."

The parents being dead and gone,
These children then he takes;
He carried both into his house,
And much of them he makes.

He did not keep these children dear
A twelve month and a day,
Before their wealth he did desire
To put them both away.

He bargained with two ruffians rude,
Which was of curious mode,
All for to take these young children,
And slay them in the woods.

He told his wife and all of them
He would these children send
To be brought up in London
By one who was a friend.

Away then with these little babes,
Rejoicing at the tide,
Rejoicing in a merry mode,
They should on horseback ride.

They played and prattled on the way
As they rode off astray
With those who would their butcher be
And work their lives away.

How then the pretty talk they had
Made the murderer's heart relent;
The one that took the deed to do
Full sore he did repent.

The other one more hardened heart
He vowed to do his charge,
Because the man that hired him
had paid hem very large.

The other one would not agree;
So then they fell to strife;
With another they did fight
About these children's lives.

But he that was of the wildest mode
Did slay the other there,
While in an uncreek (unintelligible) wintered
Those babes did quake with fear.

He took these children by the hand
While tears stood in their eyes,
And bid them go along with him
But they could not but cry.

Now two long miles he led them there
While they for bread complained
"Stay here," said he, "I'll bring you bread
When I return again."

Now hand in hand these little babes
Went wandering up and down,
But never more they saw the man,
Approaching from the town.

Thus wanders these two little babes
Till death did end their grief;
In one another's arms they died,
As babes a-wanting relief.

Their little lips with blackberries
Was all besmeared and dyed;
And when they saw the darkness of night,
They sat them down and cried.

The burying of these little babes
They did no man accuse.
The robin redbreast lovingly
Did cover them with leaves.

Now then the heavy wrath of God
Upon the uncle fell;
The awful friend he'd haunters have
And his conscience fell in Hell.

His barns was fired; his goods were croomed;
His lands were barren made;
All cattle died within his field,
And nothing with him stayed.

And in a voyage to Portugal
Two of his sons did die,
And to conclude himself he brought
Unto such misery.

He pawned and mortgaged all his lands
In seven years brought about,
And now at length these wicked ways
By these words did come out.

Come all that are executors
Of orphans weak in sight;
Do what is right and just
And give to each that's right.

Do what is right and just
By them both day and night,
Lest God by such misery
Your wicked minds requite.

The very man that took in hand
These children for to kill
Fared robber's fate until he died,
Which was God's blessed will.

He did confess the very truth
Which is plainly here expressed;
Their uncle died, and he in death
Did long in prison dwell.

Source: Folksongs of Florida, Alton C. Morris, 1950.

DT #542
Laws Q34

@child @death

JRO
^^
...now you know the rest of the story. Good story, isn't it?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From:
Date: 19 Jul 99 - 04:07 PM

Great Joe! Are you ready to tackle "The Turkey Factor (Factor's Song)" (ZN396), Q37, now? The copy in DT is only missing 54 verses.


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From: Lesley N.
Date: 19 Jul 99 - 07:07 PM

Joe - does Folksongs of Florida have sheet music for Babes? (of course you'll think I mean be sheet music for me or alison and the other sweet things at DT, but I mean "Babes in the Woods"...)


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jul 99 - 07:59 PM

Well, Babe (grin), Folksongs of Florida doesn't have a tune for the lyrics I posted, but it does have a tune for another version, which I'll post sometime soon. Watch this space.
In the meantime, why not go to Edward R. Hamilton, Bookseller and order your own copy of the book for $7.95 ? It's a great bargain. There's also an Irving Burgie songbook - gotta get that one before the rest of you buy it out.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From: Lesley N.
Date: 19 Jul 99 - 09:58 PM

What a cool place... just what I need - another book store to frequent...


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: BABES IN THE WOOD
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Jul 99 - 02:04 AM

Here's the tune and the second version of the song from Folksongs of Florida. It's very similar to the one in the database, but there are several interesting differences.
-Joe Offer-
BABES IN THE WOOD

Oh, dear-ie do you know a long time a-go
Two poor lit-tle babes, whose names I don't know,
Were sto-len a-way one bright sum-mer's day
And were lost in the woods, I've heard peo-ple say.

And when it was night, so sad was their plight
The sun it went down, and the moon gave no light;
They cried and they cried, to go home they cried
And the poor lit-tle babes, they lay down and died.

And when they were dead the ro-bins so red
Brought straw-ber-ry leaves and o-ver them spread
And all the day long they sing their sad song,
"Poor babes in the woods, Poor babes in the woods.

From "Folksongs of Florida"
Alton C. Morris, 1950

DT #542
Laws Q34
@child
@death

JRO

MIDI file: BABEWOOD.MID

Timebase: 192

Name: BABES IN THE WOOD
Text: By traditional
Copyright: From "Folksongs of Florida"
TimeSig: 6/8 24 8
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End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:BABES IN THE WOOD
M:6/8
Q:1/4=120
K:C
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Subject: RE: LYR REQ Children in the Wood
From: GUEST,Uncle Dan
Date: 12 Sep 04 - 10:08 PM

I don't suppose anyone has the guitar chords for the simple version of this song. My mother used to sing it to my sister and I almost 60 years ago.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children in the Wood
From: GUEST,zero
Date: 08 May 05 - 03:24 AM

I'm a new nember,my english is not vevry good,i wanna make friends with you ,if you like music,sport,eat,sleep,hehe~
life is a parper,take it by youself,it's yours


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children in the Wood
From: GUEST,TERRY FENWICK
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 06:04 PM

My great auntie Maybelle sang those songs to me in the 30s and 40s - and I sang them to my children - I am 74 now.   I have 15 grandchildren and I plan to give them copies of these - one great grandson now, too.   How sweet this is to have found Babes in the Woods and Orphan's Lament.   How sweet.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children in the Wood
From: GUEST,Tommie Reynolds Sandlin
Date: 27 May 08 - 09:45 PM

My Mother(Mable Moss Reynolds) sang that song to me as far back as I can remember.I know it is very old her Mother sang it to her when she was a little girl.(she is 81 now)My Sister and I have taught it to our children and our children to their children.Babes in the Woods

Oh say do you now how a long time ago
two little babes their names I dont know
Were stolen away on a bright summers day
and left in the woods I've heard people say

and when it was night so sad was there plight
the sun went down and the moon gave no light
they sobbed and they sighed and bitterly cried
and the two little babes they laid down and died

and when they were dead the robins so red
took straberry leaves and over them spread
and all the night long they sang them this song
poor babes in the wood poor babes in the wood

This song will stay with me til the day I die.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CHILDREN IN THE WOOD
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 May 08 - 11:21 PM

This version is from
Patmore, Coventry Kersey Dighton. The Children's Garland from the Best Poets. Cambridge [Eng.]: Sever and Francis, 1863, page 102ff:

THE CHILDREN IN THE WOOD

NOW ponder well, you parents dear,
These words which I shall write;
A doleful story you shall hear,
In time brought forth to light.
A gentleman of good account
In Norfolk dwelt of late,
Who did in honour far surmount
Most men of his estate.

Sore sick he was, and like to die,
No help his life could save;
His wife by him as sick did lie,
And both possess'd one grave.
No love between these two was lost,
Each was to other kind;
In love they lived, in love they died,
And left two babes behind.

The one, a fine and pretty boy,
Not passing three years old;
The other, a girl more young than he,
And framed in beauty's mould.
The father left his little son,
As plainly doth appear,
When he to perfect age should come,
Three hundred pounds a year.

And to his little daughter Jane,
Five hundred pounds in gold,
To be paid down on her marriage-day,
Which might not be controll'd:
But if the children chanced to die
Ere they to age should come,
Their uncle should possess their wealth;
For so the will did run.

'Now, brother,' said the dying man,
'Look to my children dear;
Be good unto my boy and girl,
No friends else have they here:
To God and you I recommend
My children dear this day;
But little while be sure we have
Within this world to stay.

'You must be father and mother both,
And uncle all in one;
God knows what will become of them,
When I am dead and gone.'
With that bespake their mother dear,
'O brother kind,' quoth she,
'You are the man must bring our babes
To wealth or misery.

'And if you keep them carefully,
Then God will you reward;
But if you otherwise should deal,
God will your deeds regard.'
With lips as cold as any stone,
They kiss'd their children small:
'God bless you both, my children dear';
With that their tears did fall.

These speeches then their brother spake
To this sick couple there:
'The keeping of your little ones,
Sweet sister, do not fear.
God never prosper me nor mine,
Nor aught else that I have,
If I do wrong your children dear
When you are laid in grave.'

The parents being dead and gone,
The children home he takes,
And brings them straight unto his house,
Where much of them he makes.
He had not kept these pretty babes
A twelvemonth and a day,
But, for their wealth, he did devise
To make them both away.

He bargain'd with two ruffians strong
Which were of furious mood,
That they should take these children young
And slay them in a wood.
He told his wife an artful tale:
He would the children send
To be brought up in fair London,
With one that was his friend.

Away then went those pretty babes,
Rejoicing at that tide,
Rejoicing with a merry mind,
They should on cock-horse ride.
They prate and prattle pleasantly,
As they rode on the way,
To those that should their butchers be,
And work their lives' decay.

So that the pretty speech they had,
Made murder's heart relent:
And they that undertook the deed
Full sore did now repent.
Yet one of them, more hard of heart,
Did vow to do his charge,
Because the wretch that hired him
Had paid him very large.

The other won't agree thereto,
So here they fall to strife;
With one another they did fight
About the children's life:
And he that was of mildest mood,
Did slay the other there,
Within an unfrequented wood:
The babes did quake for fear!

He took the children by the hand,
Tears standing in their eye,
And bade them straightway follow him,
And look they did not cry;
And two long miles he led them on,
While they for food complain:
'Stay here,' quoth he, 'I'll bring you bread,
When I come back again.'

These pretty babes, with hand in hand,
Went wandering up and down;
But never more could see the man
Approaching from the town:
Their pretty lips with blackberries
Were all besmear'd and dyed,
And when they saw the darksome night,
They sat them down and cried.

Thus wandered these poor innocents
Till death did end their grief,
In one another's arms they died,
As wanting due relief:
No burial this pretty pair
Of any man receives,
Till Robin Redbreast piously
Did cover them with leaves.

And now the heavy wrath of God
Upon their uncle fell;
Yea, fearful fiends did haunt his house,
His conscience felt an hell:
His barns were fired, his goods consumed,
His lands were barren made,
His cattle died within the field,
And nothing with him stayed.

And in the voyage to Portugal
Two of his sons did die;
And to conclude, himself was brought
To want and misery.
He pawn'd and mortgaged all his land
Ere seven years came about,
And now at length this wicked act
Did by this means come out:

The fellow that did take in hand
These children for to kill,
Was for a robbery judged to die,
Such was God's blessed will.
Who did confess the very truth,
As here hath been display'd:
Their uncle having died in gaol,
Where he for debt was laid.

You that executors be made,
And overseers eke
Of children that be fatherless,
And infants mild and meek;
Take you example by this thing,
And yield to each his right,
Lest God with such like misery
Your wicked minds requite.

[This text is very similar to broadside Harding B 4(33), THE BABES IN THE WOOD, at the Bodleian Library ballad collection.]


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Subject: ADD Version: Babes in the Wood
From: GUEST,Lorrie Shields
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 11:12 PM

My parents used to sing a song to me when I was a child called Babes in the Woods. Words follow:

BABES IN THE WOOD

Well do you remember a long time ago
of two little babes their names I don't know
went strolling through the woods
one bright summer day
and lost in the woods, I've heard people say.

And when it grew night so sad was their plight
the moon went down, the stars gave no light
They sobbed and they sighed and they bitterly cried
poor babes in the woods they laid down and died.

And when they were dead the robin so red
took strawberry leaves and over them spread
and all the night long he sang them a song
Poor babes in the woods, poor babes in the woods.

ariesgirl41668@yahoo.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children in the Wood
From: GUEST,Samalama DingDong
Date: 07 Jan 09 - 11:23 PM

I am super excited about this. My grandparents used to sing this to my sister and I as children, thanks!


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Subject: ADD Version: Babes in the Wood
From: GUEST,Guest Elaine Wakefield 7/3/09 11"'19pm
Date: 07 Mar 09 - 07:39 AM

I remember my mother singing this to me over 60 yrs ago

POOR LITTLE BABES IN THE WOOD

Now my dear you must know
That a long time ago
There was two little children
Their names I don't know
They were carried away
On a bright summers day
And left in the woods
As I heard some folk say

And when it grew night
The moon it shone bright
But the woods they were dim
For the moon gave no light
So they sobbed and they sighed
And they bitterly cried
And when they grew weary
They laid down and died

The robin so red
When he found they were dead
Laid strawberry leaves
And all over them spread
On a branch so strong
He sits and he sings
And this is his song
Poor Babes in the wood
How sad is the fate
Of the Poor Little Babes in The Wood


I didn't realize there is so many versions of this song nor realize how popular it is
Thanks everybody


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children in the Wood
From: GUEST,SteveG
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 01:21 PM

I'm sure there's another thread floating about somewhere which tells of how the song indirectly originated from the ashes of the ballad.

Basically the song was written and published with the music c1784 by a chap from Leicester who was inspired by hawkers selling pot effigies of the 2 lost children on the streets of Leicester, the story being very well-known from the popularity of the ballad.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children in the Wood
From: Acme
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 03:20 PM

Look at the top of this thread and you'll see links to related threads. You might try one of those.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children in the Wood
From: GUEST,SteveG
Date: 06 Feb 12 - 03:42 PM

Sheer laziness on my part. Yes it's the top one but it finished a year and a half ago and my memory's not that good. For c1784 read c1794-8


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