Down in the Valley: About the Song

This is a popular Appalachian Mountain courting song that descended from a British air.

Lyrics

Down in the valley
Valley so low
Hang your head over
Hear the wind blow

Hear the wind blow, love
Hear the wind blow
Hang your head over
Hear the wind blow

If you don’t love me
Love whom you please
But throw your arms round me
Give my heart ease

Give my heart ease, dear
Give my heart ease
Throw your arms round me
Give my heart ease

Down in the valley
Walking between
Telling our story
Here’s what it sings

Here’s what it sings, dear
Here’s what it sings
Telling our story
Here’s what it sings

Roses of sunshine
Violets of dew
Angels in heaven
Know I love you

Know I love you, dear
Know I love you
Angels in heaven know I love you

Build me a castle
Forty feet high
So I can see her
As she goes by

As she goes by, dear
As she goes by
So I can see her
As she goes by

Bird in a cage, love
Bird in a cage
Dying for freedom
Ever a slave

Ever a slave, dear
Ever a slave
Dying for freedom
Ever a slave

Write me a letter
Sent it by mail
And back it in care of
The Birmingham jail

Birmingham jail, love
Birmingham jail
And back it in care of
The Birmingham jail