Wildwood Flower

June Carter Cash playing her autoharp

Traditional Folk Song
(with tabs for a dulcimer)

[D] I will twine with my mingles of [A] raven [D] black hair
With the roses so red and the [A] lilies [D] so fair
The myrtle so bright in its [G] emerald [D] hue
And the pale amaryllis and [A] violets so [D] blue

Oh he promised to love me and promised to love
And cherish me over all others above
I woke from my dream and my idol was clay
And my portion of loving had all passed away

I will dance I will sing and my life shall be gay
I will charm every heart in the crowd I survey
Though my heart now is breaking he shall never know
How his name makes me tremble my pale cheeks to glow

Oh he taught me to love him and called me his flower
A blossom to cheer him through lifeís weary hour
But now he is gone and left me alone
With the wild flowers to weep and the wild birds to moan

Yes Iíll dance and Iíll sing and my life shall be gay
I will banish this weeping, drive troubles away
Iíll live yet to see him regret that dark hour
When he won and neglected his frail wildwood flower

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