4. Across The Blue Mountains

We thank Irish singer Alan Burke for bringing this Appalachian traditional to our attention. It tells of a mother who warns her daughter not to take off with a married man. But love cannot be moved…

Lyrics:

One morning, one morning, one morning in May
I overheard a married man to a young girl did say:
Go dress you up, pretty Katie, and come along with me,
Across the Blue Mountains to the Allegheny

I’ll buy you a horse love and a saddle to ride.
I’ll buy myself another to ride by your side
We’ll stop at every tavern, we’ll drink when we’re dry
Across the Blue Mountains goes my Katie and I

Then up spoke her mother, and angry was she then,
Crying, daughter, dearest daughter, he is a married man.
Besides there’s young men plenty more handsome than he
Let him take his own wife to the Allegheny

But Mother, oh Mother, he’s the young man of my own heart
And wouldn’t it be a dreadful thing if my love and I should part?
I’d envy every woman that e’er I would see
Across the Blue Mountains to the Allegheny

They left before daybreak on a dapple and a roan
Past tall shivering pines where the mockingbirds do roam
Past dark cabin windows where eyes never see
Across the Blue Mountains to the Allegheny.

One morning, one morning, one morning in May
I overheard a married man to a young girl did say:
Go dress you up, pretty Katie, and come along with me,
Across the Blue Mountains to the Allegheny





***These lyrics are traditional***