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COME ALL YE FAIR AND TENDER LADIES (A.P. Carter) The Carter Family - 1932 The Kingston Trio - 1961 Osborne Brothers - 1962 Anita Carter - 1963 Glen Campbell - 1963 The Browns - 1964 George Hamilton IV - 1964 Makem & Clancy - 1964 Clive Palmer - 1967 The Manhattan Transfer - 1969 Dave Van Ronk - 1969 The Hillmen - 1970 Herb Pedersen - 1977 Charlie McCoy - 1978 Mary McCaslin - 1981 Gene Clark & Carla Olson - 1987 The Rankin Family - 1992 The Whites - 2000 Also recorded by: June Carter; Rosanne Cash; Merle Travis; Bread & Bones; Cherish The Ladies; Golden Delicious; Danú; Murray Head; Country Gentlemen; Pete Seeger; Ian & Sylvia; George Elliott; Black Twigs; Craig Herbertson; Tim O'Brien; The Peasall Sisters:........and others. Come all ye fair and tender ladies Take warning how you court young men They're like a bright star on a cloudy morning They will first appear and then they're gone They'll tell to you some loving story To make you think that they love you true Straightway they'll go and court some other Oh that's the love that they have for you Do you remember our days of courting When your head lay upon my breast You could make me believe with the falling of your arm That the sun rose in the West I wish I were some little sparrow And I had wings and I could fly I would fly away to my false true lover And while he'll talk I would sit and cry But I am not some little sparrow I have no wings nor can I fly So I'll sit down here in grief and sorrow And try to pass my troubles by I wish I had known before I courted That love had been so hard to gain I'd of locked my heart in a box of golden And fastened it down with a silver chain Young men never cast your eye on beauty For beauty is a thing that will decay For the prettiest flowers that grow in the garden How soon they'll wither, will wither and fade away ****** ALTERNATE VERSION: Come all ye fair and tender ladies Take warning how you court young men They're like a star on summer morning They first appear and then they're gone They'll tell to you some loving story And make you think they love you so well Then away they'll go and court some other And leave you there in grief to dwell I wish I was on some tall mountain Where the ivy rocks are black as ink I'd write a letter to my lost true lover Whose cheeks are like the morning pink For love is handsome, love is charming And love is pretty while it's new But love grows cold as love grows old And fades away like the mornin' dew And fades away like the mornin' dew

    


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