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Down in the Willow Garden

"Down in the Willow Garden", 
also known as "Rose Connelly" 
is a traditional Appalachian murder ballad 
about a man facing the gallows for the murder 
of his lover: he gave her poisoned wine, stabbed her, 
and threw her in a river. 
It originated in the 19th century, probably in Ireland, 
before becoming established in the United States.


"Down in the willow garden, me and my love did meet
And as we sat a-courting, my love fell off to sleep
I had a bottle of burgundy wine; my love, she did not know
And so I poisoned that dear little girl along the banks below
Along the banks below

I drew my saber through her; it was a bloody night
I threw her in the river, which was a dreadful sight
My father often told me that money would set me free
And so I murdered that dear little girl whose name was Rose Connelly
Whose name was Rose Connelly

My father sits at his cabin door wiping his tear-dimmed eyes
His only son soon should walk to yonder scaffold high
My race is run beneath the sun; the scaffold now waits for me
For I did murder that dear little girl whose name was Rose Connelly
Whose name was Rose Connelly
Whose name was Rose Connelly."

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