Come All Ye Fair And Tender Maidens

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

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Other Recordings

Come All Ye Fair And Tender Maindens (or Ladies)
To You with Love: American Folk Songs for Women : Herta Marshall (1957)
The Grail Singers Sing Folk Songs from... : The Grail Singers (1959)
Mountain Music Of Kentucky : Marta Hall (1960)
Joseph Able Trivett : Joseph Able Trivett (1962)
Many A Mile : Buffy Sainte-Marie (1965)
Ballads Of The Upper Hudson Valley : Sara Cleveland (1968)
Best Of : Jean Ritchie (196?)
Hedy West, Vol. 2 : Hedy West (196?)
Time For Singing : Jean Ritchie (196?)
Love Songs : Joan Baez (1976)
Hillman : Hillman (1981)
Very Early Joan : Joan Baez (1983)
Essential Pete Seeger, Vol. 2 : Pete Seeger (1987)
The Capitol Years : Kingston Trio (1995)
Live at newport : Various Artists (Joan Baez) (1996)

Little Sparrow
Country Songs, Old and New : The Country Gentlemen (1960)
Adcock Family (1964)
Ballads and Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains:Persistence and Change : Various Artists (Sarah Hawkes) (1968)
Obray Ramsey Sings Folk Songs From The Three Laurels : Obray Ramsey (196?)
An Old Time Southern Mountain String Band : Iron Mountain String Band (1973)
Songs Traditionally Sung in North Carolina : Betty Smith (1975)
Rhythms of Childhood : Ella Jenkins (1989)

Waly Waly
Who Built America - American History Through Its Folksongs : Bill Bonyun (1951)
The Faulse Lady : Andrew Rowan Summers (1954)
Early English Ballads from the Percy and Child Collections (Ballads Reliques) : Herman Nye (1957)
Two-Way Trip : Ewan McColl (1961)
Little Wheel Spin & Spin : Buffy Sainte Marie (1966)
Sing American and English Folk Songs and Ballads : John Langstaffe (196?)
Airs and Grace : June Tabor (1976)
Faithful Lovers & Other Phenomenon : Cynthia Gooding (197?)
Two Gentlemen Folk : Bill Crofut & Ben Luxon (1987)
Celtic Voices - Women Of Song : Various Artists (Maireid Sullivan) (1995)
Dancer : Maireid Sullivan (1995)
Music & Song Of Edinburgh : Various Artists (1995)
Three Ravens : Alfred Deller (1996)

Sweet Willie
Mountain Music Of Kentucky : Various Artists (Bill Cornett) (1960)
Come All You Good People : Frank Warner (1976)
Rural Delivery No. 1 : New Lost City Ramblers (19??)

Performance History

Played by the Wildwood Boys at the Tangent in Palo Alto on February 23rd 1963.

Not performed by the Grateful Dead. Occurs only on pre-Dead tapes featuring future members of the dead.

Notes

The title Come All Ye Fair And Tender Maidens (or Ladies) has only been regularly used since the 60s. Prior to that the song was more commonly known as Little Sparrow.

Little Sparrow is thought to be an old song, possibly derived from the Scottish ballads Waly Waly (or O Waly Waly) or Jamie Douglas. Though contemporary versions of Waly Waly are not similar to this song.

There is also a related song Sweet Willie.

Here are the lyics of the Wildwood Boys version of the song;

Come all you fair and tender maidens,
Take warning how you court your man,
They're like a fog on a Summer's morning,
First appear and then they're gone.

I wished I was a little sparrow,
And I had wings to fly so high,
And my true love, (oh false true lover?),
(And when you die, I won't deny?)

Come all you fair and tender maidens,
Take warning how you court your man,
They're like a fog on a Summer's morning,
First appear and then they're gone.

They tell to you such lovely stories,
They'll make you think that they love you well,
And then they are gone to court another,
And leave you there in grief to dwell.

Come all you fair and tender maidens,
Take warning how you court your man,
They're like a fog on a Summer's morning,
First appear and then they're gone,
First appear and then they're gone.