Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Girl on the Greenbriar Shore

Go with Greenbriar gal?
You'll be sorry, Mama said.
She wasn't lying.

This song, which I think was performed first by the Carter Family, is the simple tale of what happens when a boy chooses a girl against his mother's wishes. Dylan performed the song live in 1992, and you can find it in volume 8 of the Bootleg Series.

'Twas in the year of '82, 
In the springtime of the year, 
I left my mother and a home so dear 
'Twas in the year of '82,
In the springtime of the year,
I left my mother and a home so dear
All for that girl on the Greenbriar shore.
My mother, she says, "Son, don't go.
Don't leave me here alone.
Don't leave your mother and a home so dear.
Never trust a girl on the Greenbriar shore."

But I was young and reckless too,
And I craved a reckless life.
I left my mother and a home so dear
And I took that girl to be my wife.

Her hair was dark and curly too
And her lovin' eyes were blue;
Her cheeks were like the red red rose
That girl I loved from the Greenbriar shore.

The years rolled on and the months rolled by;
She left me all alone.
Now I remember what my momma said,
"Never trust the girl on the Greenbriar shore."




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