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Jealous Lover

Down in the low green 5 valley
Where the violets bloom and 1 fade
There sleeps sweet blue-eyed 4 Ellen
In a 1 cold and 5 silent 1 grave

She died not broken-hearted
Nor by disease she fell
But in one moment parted
From the one she loved so well

One night when the moon was shining
And the stars shone brightly too
Down to her lonely cottage
Her jealous lover drew

Come love, let's take a ramble
Out in the woods so gay
And there we'll sit together
And name our wedding day

The way grows dark and dreary
And I do not wish to stay
Of wandering I'm so weary
So let's retrace our way

Retrace your steps, no never
You have no wings to fly
And on this lonely mountain
Sweet Ellen, you must die

Farewell, my loving parents
I'll never see you any more
But long you'll wait my coming
At the little cottage door

Available in these books:

Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
Featuring large-print lyrics (20-point type) and chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.