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Deep Creek

from The Prettiest Bird by Susan Pepper

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This song refers to “Barbara Allen” and “Willie Moore”—both traditional ballads that end in tragedy. In the last verses, we discover a new, hopeful ending.


She was hard hearted when his love was true
Now they’re down in the ground but their song rings true
Adieu adieu to all my friends
Be kind to Barbara Allen

Cryin a deep creek over you
A story of lovers who can’t be true
Cryin a deep creek over you
Your spirit flowing through these woods
Cryin a deep creek over you
Poor Barbary Allen and Willie Moore

One parent mourns while the other weeps
For her diamond eyes ever sleep
Willie’s gone without a word
But his love still rumbles on the earth


There were two sisters who loved one man
Now all the fiddle plays is wind and rain
Have a husband fine and a baby child
Not a single girl but it’s a lonely world


It’s a trap to think my God’s some man
On hallowed ground I’ll firmly stand
There’s room in my heart for everything
When the clouds dip low my soul will sing



from The Prettiest Bird, released October 3, 2020
vocals & banjo: Susan Pepper
guitar: Zeb Gambill
fiddle: Julie Chiles
bass: Joseph DeJarnette
(c) Susan Pepper/ ASCAP Anna Blue Music


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Susan Pepper North Carolina

Susan Pepper is a grassroots musician, performer and educator dedicated to sharing heartfelt songs old and new and building community through song. She performs unaccompanied ballads as well as songs with banjo, dulcimer and guitar. Her repertoire is informed by her older mountain musician mentors. Her compositions draw inspiration from old music, stories of individuals, nature and the sacred. ... more

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