Come All Ye Fair And Tender Maidens

Composer: Traditional

Jerry Garcia recordings (as My Little Sparrow)

info Before The Dead, Jerry Garcia, 2018

Other recordings

Come All Ye Fair And Tender Maidens (or Ladies)
info Darling Corey, Pete Seeger, 1950
info Peggy Seeger, Peggy Seeger, 1956
info To You with Love: American Folk Songs for Women, Herta Marshall, 1957
no info Folk Songs, Terrea Lea and her Singing Guitar, 1957
info A Folk Concert in Town Hall, New York, Jean Ritchie, Oscar Brand and David Sear, 1959
no info Pete and Five Strings, Pete Seeger, 1958
info The Grail Singers Sing Folk Songs from..., The Grail Singers, 1959
no info Mountain Music Of Kentucky, Marta Hall, 1960
info Sing And Play Folk Songs And Bluegrass, The Country Gentlemen, 1961
no info Joseph Able Trivett, Joseph Able Trivett, 1962
info Inside Dave Van Ronk, Dave Van Ronk, 1962?
info Mike Seeger, Mike Seeger, 1964
info Friends of Old Time Music, Various Artists (Stanley Brothers), 1964
no info Many A Mile, Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1965
info So Much For Dreaming, Ian & Sylvia, 1967
no info Ballads Of The Upper Hudson Valley, Sara Cleveland, 1968
info The Best Of Jean Ritchie, Jean Ritchie, 196?
no info Hedy West, Vol. 2, Hedy West, 196?
no info Time For Singing, Jean Ritchie, 196?
info Van Ronk, Dave Van Ronk, 1972
no info Cimarron Bluegrass, Frank Necessary & The Stone Mountain Boys, 1972
no info Love Songs, Joan Baez, 1976
no info Hillman, Hillman, 1981
no info Dulcimer Man, Kevin Roth, 1982
info Very Early Joan Baez, Joan Baez, 1982
info Virginia Mountain Boys, Vol. 4, Cullen Galyean, Bobby Harrison and the Virginia Mountain Boys, 1983
no info Essential Pete Seeger, Vol. 2, Pete Seeger, 1987
info Hesitation Blues, Dave Van Ronk, 1988
info Inside Dave Van Ronk (comp), Dave Van Ronk, 1989
no info Darling Corey/Goofing Off Suite, Pete Seeger, 1993
info Tree On A Hill, Peter Rowan and the Rowan Brothers, 1994
info The Capitol Years, The Kingston Trio, 1995
info 1956-1968, The Osborne Brothers, 1995
info Classic Peggy Seeger, Peggy Seeger featuring Tom Paley, 1996
no info Live at Newport, Various Artists (Joan Baez), 1996
info The Guard Years, The Kingston Trio, 1997
info Live At The Laurelthirst, Golden Delicious, 1999
info Blind Dog Thumpin' on the Porch, The Homegrown String Band, 2000
info The Complete Vanguard Studio Recordings, Ian & Sylvia, 2001
info North Fork Flyer, Black Twig Pickers, 2001
info Roots, Blue Mountain, 2001
info Tonight It's Now or Never, Blue Mountain, 2002
info Rhythm of the Mountains: Bluegrass Explores Its Roots, Various Artists (Osborne Brothers), 2002
no info Songcatcher II: The Tradition That Inspired the Movie, Various Artists (Maybelle Carter), 2002
info Kentucky Mountain Music, Various Artists (Green Maggard), 2003
info American Folk and Country Music Festival, Various Artists (New Lost_City Ramblers), 2003
info Rain And Snow, Elizabeth LaPrelle, 200?
info Walking Down The Line, James Alan Shelton, 2007
info Classic Bluegrass Collection, Vols. 1-4, Various Artists (The Whites), 2007

Little Sparrow
no info Country Songs, Old and New, The Country Gentlemen, 1960
no info Adcock Family, 1964
no info Ballads and Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains:Persistence and Change, Various Artists (Sarah Hawkes), 1968
no info Obray Ramsey Sings Folk Songs From The Three Laurels, Obray Ramsey, 196?
no info An Old Time Southern Mountain String Band, Iron Mountain String Band, 1973
no info Songs Traditionally Sung in North Carolina, Betty Smith, 1975
no info Rhythms of Childhood, Ella Jenkins, 1989

Waly Waly
no info Who Built America - American History Through Its Folksongs, Bill Bonyun, 1951
no info The Faulse Lady, Andrew Rowan Summers, 1954
no info Early English Ballads from the Percy and Child Collections, Ballads Reliques), Herman Nye, 1957
no info Two-Way Trip, Ewan McColl, 1961
no info Little Wheel Spin and Spin, Buffy Sainte Marie, 1966
no info Sing American and English Folk Songs and Ballads, John Langstaffe, 196?
no info Airs and Grace, June Tabor, 1976
no info Faithful Lovers and Other Phenomenon, Cynthia Gooding, 197?
no info Two Gentlemen Folk, Bill Crofut and Ben Luxon, 1987
no info Celtic Voices - Women Of Song, Various Artists (Maireid Sullivan), 1995
no info Dancer, Maireid Sullivan, 1995
no info Music and Song Of Edinburgh, Various Artists, 1995
no info Three Ravens, Alfred Deller, 1996

Sweet Willie
no info Eleven American Ballads and Songs. Peggy Seeger, 1957
no info Mountain Music Of Kentucky, Various Artists (Bill Cornett), 1960
no info Come All You Good People, Frank Warner, 1976
no info Rural Delivery No. 1, New Lost City Ramblers, 19??


The title Come All Ye Fair And Tender Maidens (or Ladies) has only been regularly used since the 1960s. 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.

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

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.