“Fatal Rose of Red”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928 (recording, Leo Boswell)
Keywords: love courting separation trick rejection
Found in: US(So)

Description

A girl bids her uncle to wear a red rose. He will not; a red rose once shattered his life. He had a fight with his sweetheart. He bid her to wear a white rose if she forgave him; otherwise a red. A rival switched notes; he learned the truth years later

Long description

A girl bids her aged uncle to wear a red rose. He will not; a red rose once shattered his life. He had a fight with his sweetheart, and bid her to wear a white rose if she forgave him; otherwise a red. But a rival switched the note, and she wore a red rose. He saw it, and fled. It was not until years later that he learned the truth, after he came home and she was dead.

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Recordings

References

  1. Randolph 808, "The Fatal Rose of Red" (1 text)
  2. Spaeth-WeepMore, p. 141, "The Fatal Rose of Red" (1 text)
  3. Roud #7425 and 13940
  4. BI, R808