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05-28-2011, 10:35 AM
I remember the popular song "wildwood flower" being sung by an artist back in the 60s with a different Lyrics from that one J.Cash and the Carter family sang. It contained a line:"we wandered to the hill up, where the wildflowers grew, he said every flower reminds me of you". This line does neither exist in the original song of the 19th century nor in either Cash or Carter versions. I wonder if someone in the community may be able to help out and inform me, who the artist was so interpreting this song in the 60s or early 70s. I thaught of Jim Reeves or Burl Ives but in neitherīs discology did I find an entry. Direct answer to mr.danny @arcor.de

Gary W
05-28-2011, 01:16 PM
I think you are looking for "Poor Wildwood Flower", sung by Harvie June Van.

(Chorus: Pale Wildwood Flower)
Oh he promised to love me, and called me his flower,
That's been blooming to please him, through life's every hour.
Oh we wandered to the hill where the wildflowers grew,
He said "Every flower reminds me of you".
(Chorus: Just you, sweet you)
The lilies he said are your love sweet and true,
And the dew sprinkled rose is the image of you.
The wild morning glory, in branches does tower,
Each sings to me of my pale wildwood flower.
(Chorus: Pale Wildwood Flower)
So he taught me to love him, and promised to stay,
But the summer must end, and the rose fade away.
He left me one morning, and he never knew,
His pale wildwood flower was withering, too.
(Chorus: Poor Wildwood Flower)
Now I'm sinking so low, when the light is growing dim,
In my hands placed a lily, in memory of him.
Tell him I forgive him, though I regret the hour,
He walked off and left me, his pale wildwood flower.
(Chorus: Pale Wildwood Flower)

I found the above info at: http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=75231

You can hear the song at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB5raq1k_TQ

NOTE: It's interesting that the song title is Poor Wildwood Flower but the lyrics do not contain Poor. They have Pale instead.

05-28-2011, 09:52 PM
Jim Stafford did that one.


Gary W
05-28-2011, 10:54 PM
Jim Stafford did a different song.

He did Wildwood Weed.

05-29-2011, 06:16 AM
Thanks Gary for the quick return. It is indeed the song I remember from 50 years ago when I was a 16 year old listening to country music broadcasted by the AFN Europe every morning at 06:05 CET (Hillbilly reveille) when I had to get up for school.Country music never left me throughout the years. Tnx again Danny.