Song Information

Origin: Traditional (Scottish, Appalachian, Southeast, Southwest US, first published around 1610) Shady Grove was adapted from the Scottish children ballad Mattie Groves, which was first published around 1610. Released by Prairie Ramblers (1934), Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1962), Doc Watson (1968)


Shady Grove, my little love Shady Grove I say Shady Grove, my little love I'm bound to go away Cheeks as red as a blooming rose And eyes are the prettiest brown She's the darling of my heart Sweetest girl in town I wish I had a big fine horse And corn to feed him on And Shady Grove to stay at home And feed him while I'm gone Went to see my Shady Grove She was standing in the door Her shoes and stockin's in her hand And her little bare feet on the floor When I was a little boy I wanted a Barlow knife And now I want little Shady Grove To say she'll be my wife A kiss form pretty little Shady Grove Is sweet as brandy wine And there ain't no girl in this old world That's prettier than mine