Down in the Valley Lyrics – PDF

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“Down in the Valley” (also known as “Birmingham Jail”) is a traditional American folk song that has been recorded by many artists. The verses mentioning “Birmingham Jail” (Write me a letter / Send it by mail / Send it in care of / Birmingham Jail) refer to the Birmingham, Alabama, City Jail which was well-known in the mid-1920s, although the reference was often omitted in later versions. Guitarist Jimmie Tarlton claimed to have written the lyrics in 1925 and the song was first recorded by Tarlton and his partner Tom Darby on November 10, 1927 in Atlanta, Georgia for Columbia Records.

The ballad is played in the 3/4 time signature, and several of its lyrics are often changed or omitted, especially in versions for kids, like the following.

 

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Down in the valley Lyrics PDF

 

Lyrics

1. Down in the valley, valley so low
Hang your head over, hear the wind blow
Hear the wind blow, dear, hear the wind blow
Hang your head over, hear the wind blow.

2. Roses love sunshine, violets love dew
Angels in heaven know I love you
Know I love you, dear, know I love you
Angels in heaven, know I love you.

3. Writing this letter, containing three lines
Answer my question, “Will you be mine?”
“Will you be mine, dear, will you be mine?”
Answer my question, “Will you be mine?”

4. Down in the valley, valley so low
Hang your head over, hear the wind blow
Hear the wind blow, dear, hear the wind blow
Hang your head over, hear the wind blow.

 


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