“Down Among the Budded Roses”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Charlie Poole)
Keywords: grief loneliness love promise farewell parting separation death nonballad lover
Found in: US(SE)

Description

Singer tells his sweetheart that she should not forget the promise she made to him among the roses. "Down among the budded roses/I am nothing but a stem." He asks her to be his in heaven, where their hearts will be united forever. Or something like that

Long description

Singer tells his sweetheart that, though they have parted, she should not forget the promise she made to him among the roses in the lane. "Down among the budded roses/I am nothing but a stem." He says they will never meet again on earth, but asks her to be his in heaven, where their hearts will be united forever. Or something like that

Notes

This sounds like nothing so much as a stripped-down version of "I'll Be With You When the Roses Bloom Again", minus the soldier bit. But except for that line, the lyrics seem to be independent, so I split them. I index this one mostly to keep the two straight. It's unclear, incidentally, whether the singer is dying or lighting out for the territories. - PJS

Same tune

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Recordings

References

  1. Rorrer, p. 72, "Budded Rose" (1 text)
  2. Roud #6577
  3. BI, RcDATBR