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The Trees They Do Grow High

(Traditional)

Lyrics

The trees they grow high
And the leaves they do grow green
Many is the time my true love I've seen
Many an hour I have watched him all alone
He's young
But he's daily growing

Father dear father
You've done me great wrong
You married me unto a boy who is only young
I am twice twelve and he is but fourteen
He's young
But he's daily growing

Daughter dear daughter
Don't mind what people say
He'll be a man till when I'm old and dead
He'll be a man till when I'm dead and gone
He's young
But he's daily growing

Father dear father if you see it fit
We'll send him to college for another year yet
Tie a blue ribbon all around his head
To let the maidens know that he's married

One day I was strolling
 Down past the college road
I spied all the boys a playing at the ball
My own true love was the fairest of them all
He's young
But he's daily growing

At the age of fourteen child he was a married man
At the age of fifteen the father to his son
At the age of sixteen his grave it was all green
He's young
But he's daily growing

I made my love a shroud
Of the Holland so fine
With every stitch I put in it
The tears came falling down
Once I had a true love
But now I have got none
His death has put an end to his growing
But my child his son is growing

Versions

Unreleased (5:13)