SHADY GROVE

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  • SHADY GROVE
    “Shady Grove” is an 18th-century folk song popular in the United States. Many verses
    exist, most of them describing the speaker’s love for a woman called Shady Grove. There
    are also various choruses, which refer to the speaker traveling somewhere (to Harlan, to a
    place called Shady Grove, or simply “away”). The melody is strikingly similar to that of
    an old English ballad, Matty Groves.
    Shady Grove, my little love
    Shady Grove I say
    Shady Grove, my little love
    I’m bound to go away
    Cheeks as red a a blooming rose
    And eyes are the prettiest brown
    She’s the darling of my heart
    Sweetest girl in towm
    (chorus)
    (break)
    I wish I had a big fine horse
    And corn to feed him on
    And Shady Grove to stay at home
    And feed him while I’m gone
    (chorus)
    (break)
    Went to see my Shady Grove
    She was standing in the door
    Her shoes and stockin’s in her hand
    And her little bare feet on the floor
    (chorus)
    (break)
    When I was a little boy
    I wanted a Barlow knife
    And now I want little Shady Grove
    To say she’ll be my wife
    (chorus)
    (break)
  • A kiss form pretty little Shady Grove
    Is sweet as brandy wine
    And ther ain’t no girl in this old world
    Thats’s prettier than mine
    (chorus)