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Sweet Fern

Springtime is coming, sweet lonesome bird
Your 5 echo in the woodland I 1 hear
Down in the meadow so lonesome your singing
While the 5 moonlight is shining so 1 clear

Refrain:I 4 know he's away in a 1 far distant land
A 2 land that is over the 5 sea
Go 1 fly to him singing your sweet little song
And 5 tell him to come back to 1 me

Sweet fern (sweet fern), sweet fern (sweet fern)
Oh 5 tell me, is my darling still 1 true
Sweet fern (sweet fern), sweet fern (sweet fern)
I'll 5 be just as happy as 1 you

Oh tell me sweet fern, is he thinking of me
And the promise he made long ago
He said he'd return from over the sea
Oh why do the years go so slow

Upon my finger he placed a small ring
On the day he was leaving his home
I promised I'd be his own little girl
And love him wherever he'd roam

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.