Composer: Traditional / A.P. Carter / Maud Irving / J.P. Webster
Good Old Boys Live: Drink Up And Go Home, Good Old Boys, 2018
Carter Family, 1928
Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Tom Paley, 1953
North Carolina Ballads, Artus Moser, 1955
EP, Sonny Osborne, 1956
Mickey Miller Sings American Folk Songs, Mickey Miller, 1959
Pickin' and Blowin', George Pegram and Red Parham, 195?
Joan Baez, Joan Baez, 1960
EP, Buddy Starcher, 1960
Most Exciting Guitar, Ray Latham, 1961
Single, Stanley Brothers , 1961
Long Journey Home, The Stanley Brothers, 1961
Original and Great Carter Family, The Carter Family, 1962
The Stanleys in Person, Stanley Brothers, 1962
Folk Banjo Styles, Eric Weissberg, Tom Paley, Art Rosenbaum, Marshall Brickman, 1962
50 Guitars Go Country, Tommy Garrett, 1962
The Sound of a Bluegrass Banjo: Native American Melodies Bluegrass Style, Charles Trent, 1962
Mountain Music Played on the Autoharp, Various Artists (Kilby Snow), 1962
Dick Farina and Erich Von Schmidt, Richard Farina and Erich Von Schmidt, 1963
12 String Guitar, The Folkswingers, 1963
The Ventures Play the Country Classics, Ventures, 1963
12 String Guitar, Billy Strange, 1963?
Bluegrass Breakdown, Lilly Brothers, 1964
Anita and Helen Carter, Anita and Helen Carter, 1964
Music From The Ozarks, Various Artists, 1964
Modern Country, Kai Winding, 1964
The Electric 12 String Guitar, Tom Tedesco, 1964
The Best of the Stanley Brothers, The Stanley Brothers, 1966
American Banjo, Gene Cox, 1966
The Flat-Picker's Guitar Guide: An Advanced Instruction Record, Jerry Silverman, 1966
Play Country Guitar with Jimmy Bryant, Guitar Phonics, Volume 5, Jimmy Bryant, 1966
Funk Harmonica, Billy Lee Riley, 1966
More Old Time Mountain Music, J.E. Mainer & His Mountaineers, 1967
Single, Les Hall and the Bluegrass Mastertone Boys, 1968
All-Time Great Country Instrumentals, Jim & Jesse, 1968
Dawn Of The Stonemans Age, The Stonemans, 1969
Songs Of The Famous Carter Family, Flatt and Scruggs and The Foggy Mountain Boys, 196?
George Pegram, George Pegram, 1970
Country Moog: Switched on Nashville, Gil Trythall, 1970
Second Generation Bluegrass, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs, 1971
Sounds of the Smokies, Bill Davis and his Singing Dulcimer, 1971
Star Portrait, Johnny Cash, 1972
Country Boots, Boots Randolph, 1972
Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 1972
Tarzana Kid, John Sebastian, 1974
Wind That Shakes The Barley, John McCutcheon, 1977
Fare Well, Traveller, Mark Cohen, 1977
Sing The Carter Family, Wilma Lee Cooper and Stoney Cooper, 1977
Legendary Performer, Chet Atkins, 1978
Country Guitar Giants, Merle Travis and Joe Maphis, 1979
Blue Grass Banjos: Flaming Banjos, Homer and The Barnstormers, 197?
Clarence White And The Kentucky Colonels, Kentucky Colonels, 1980
My Old Paint Mare, Country Ham, 1980
Songs Of This That and The Other, Tim Broadbent, 1981
Autoharp Centennial Celebration, Various Artists, 1981
The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Country Music, Various Artists (Carter Family), 1981
Seeing The Country, Al Doherty, 1982
Appalachian Fiddle Tunes For Finger Style Guitar, Seth Austen, 1982
The Fabulous Duane Eddy, Duane Eddy, 1983
Across the Blueridge Mountains, Harry Allen, 1983
Bluegrass, David and Billie Ray Johnson, 1983
Rockin' On The Radio, Sid King and The Five Strings, 1984
Norman and Nancy Blake Compact Disk, Norman and Nancy Blake, 1986
Ballad Of Sally Rose, Emmylou Harris, 1986
Guitar Man, Duane Eddy, 1986
Bluegrass Favorites, The Wood Brothers, 1989
Ring of Fire, Anita Carter, 1989
Steve Kilby, Steve Kilby, 198?
American Banjo: Three Finger and Scruggs Style, Various Artists (Eugene Cox and Veronica Stoneman Cox), 1990
Classic Country Music, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Carter Family), 1990
Diamonds - Best of the Vanguard Years, Joan Baez, 1991
J Miller Sessions, Rusty and Doug, 1991
Guitar Player Presents: Legends of Guitar: Country, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Carter Family), 1991
1959-1963, Flatt and Scruggs, 1992
Lonnie On The Move, Lonnie Mack, 1992
Anchored In Love - Their Complete Victor, 1927, The Carter Family, 1993
Galloping Guitar, Chet Atkins, 1993
Tone Poems: The Sounds of the Great Vintage Guitars and Mandolins, David Grisman and Tony Rice, 1994
Old Time Music, The New Lost City Ramblers & Friends, 1994
Early Starday-King Years 1958-1961, The Stanley Brothers, 1994
Bluegrass '95, Various Artists, 1995
Folk Music At Newport, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Maybelle Carter), 1995
The Real Music Box: 25 Years of Rounder Records, Various Artists (D.L. Menard), 1995
Railroad Man (comp), Billy Strange, 1995
The Man in Black: 1963-1969, Johnny Cash, 1996
Vintage, Hank Thompson, 1996
Crown of Jewels, Randy Scruggs, 1998
Flatt and Scruggs at Carnegie Hall!: Complete Concert, Flatt and Scruggs, 1998
Prestige/Folklore Years, Vol. 5: Have a Feast Here Tonight, The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover, 1999
Music of the Ozarks, Various Artists (Jean Simmons), 19??
Grandfather's Greatest Hits, David Hold, 19??
Mountain Ballads and Old Hymns, Asher Sizemore and Little Jimmie, 19??
60 Years Of Country Music, Various Artists (Carter Family), 19??
The Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Country Music, Various Artists (Carter Family), 19??
The Legendary Carter Family, Carter Family, 19??
Single, Alex Campbell, Ola Belle and Deacon, 19??
Jimmy and His Banjo EP, Jimmie Henley, 19??
In the Shadow of Clinch Mountain, The Carter Family, 2000
33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals, Clarence White, 2000
American Roots Music, Various Artists (Carter Family), 2000
Around the World to Poor Valley, Bill Clifton, 2001
Neighbor Girl, Cary Fridley, 2001
Front Porch Pickin': 24 Great Bluegrass Instrument, Various Artists (Earl Taylor), 2001
The Carter Family: 1927-1934, The Carter Family, 2002
Classic Mountain Songs, Various Artists (Kilby Snow), 2002
Tribute to Bluegrass, Chet Atkins, 2002
The Carter Family: 1935-1941, The Carter Family, 2003
American Folk and Country Music Festival, Various Artists (Stanley Brothers), 2003
Keep on the Sunny Side: Bluegrass Salutes the Carter Family, Various Artists (Joe Maphis / Merle Travis), 2003
All Songs Considered: 4 CD Box Set Collection, Various Artists (Grisman & Rice), 2004
All Songs Considered, Vol. 2, Various Artists (Grisman & Rice), 2004
All Smiles Tonight: An Anthology of Heritage Music from Hampshire County, Various Artists, 2004
Appalachian Angel: Her Recordings 1950-1972, Anita Carter, 2004
In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes, Hobart Smith, 2005
Flatpicking 2001, Various Artists (Wyatt Rice), 2005
The Best of Mac Wiseman: Essential Original Masters, Mac Wiseman, 2006
At Madison Square Garden, Johnny Cash, 2002
The Legend, Johnny Cash, 2005
Fonotone Records, Various Artists (The Hillbilly Boys), 2005
The Appalachians, Various Artists (David Grisman & Tony Rice), 2005
Into the Twangy-First Century / Row vs. Wade, Run C&W, 2006
Union, Sam Pacetti & Gabriel Valla, 2006
Sound Traditions: Burnin' Up the Strings, Various Artists (Earl Taylor & Jim McCall), 2006
Masters of Old-time Country Autoharp, Various Artists (Kilby Snow and Mike Seeger), 2006
Songbird: Rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems, Emmylou Harris, 2007
Old Time Mountain Music / More Old Time Mountain Music, J.E. Mainer & His Mountaineers, 2007
Early Southern Guitar Styles, Mike Seeger, 2007
True Bluegrass Instrumentals, Various Artists (Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs), 2007
Front Porch Pickin', Various Artists (Mac Wiseman), 2008
Rambling Boy, Charlie Haden Family & Friends, 2008
The Complete Tone Poems, David Grisman and Tony Rice, 2009
Tone Poems Deluxe Edition, David Grisman / Tony Rice, 2013
Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War, Various Artists (Sam Amidon), 2013
Dawg and 'T': Live At Acoustic Stage, David Grisman and Tony Rice, 2017
The Book Of The Dawg: Dawg Roots, David Grisman, 2021
At The Carousel Ballroom: April 24, 1968, Johnny Cash, 2021
Played by Jerry Garcia, Marshall Leicester and Robert Hunter at the Carlos Bookstall in San Carlos in July 1961. Played by the Good Old Boys, with Jerry Garcia sitting in, in 1975.
The lyrics used by Garcia on the San Carlos tape vary in small details from the Carter Family version and are as follows;
I will twine with my mingles and [waving] black hair
This song is often credited to A. P. Carter on LP/CDs. However Maybelle Carter recalled hearing the song, sung by her grandmother, when she was a child. It's thought that a number of existing songs provided source material for Wildwood Flower. One major source for some of the lyrics is an 1860 song written by Maud Irving and J.P. Webster called I'll Twine Mid The Ringlets. The strange opening line of Wildwood Flower is thought to be based on a mis-hearing of the first line of I'll Twine Mid The Ringlets Another song that is sometimes suggested as a source for parts of the song is The Pale Amaryllis. However it is the Carter Family version of the song, first recorded in 1928, that forms the basis of subsequent versions.
With the roses so red and the lilies so fair
And the meadow so bright with it's emerald hue
The pale and the leader and eyes look [so] blue
I will dance, I will sing and my laugh shall be gay
I will charm every heart, in his crown I will sway
I woke from all dreaming, all idols was clay
All portions of love then had all flown away
But he told me to love him and promised to love
And to cherish me over all others above
My poor heart is wondering no misery can tell
I'm left with no warning, no word of farewell
Well you told me you love me and called me your flower
That was blooming to cheer you through life's dreary hour
I long to see him [and regret] life's dark hour
He's gone and neglected this pale wildwood flower.
The lyrics of I'll Twine Mid The Ringlets are;
I'll twine 'mid the ringlets of my raven black hair
The lilies so pale and the roses so fair
The myrtle so bright with an emerald hue
And the pale aronatus with eyes of bright blue.
I'll sing and I'll dance, my laugh shall be gay
I'll cease this wild weeping, drive sorrow away.
Tho' my heart is now breaking, he never shall know
That his name made me tremble and my pale cheeks to glow.
I'll think of him never, I'll be wildly gay
I'll charm ev'ry heart, and the crowd I will sway.
I'll live yet to see him regret the dark hour
When he won, then neglected, the frail wildwood flower.
He told me he loved me, and promis'd to love
Trough ill and misfortune, all others above
Another has won him; ah, misery to tell
He left me in silence, no word of farewell.
He taught me to love him, he call'd me his flower
That blossom'd for him all the brighter each hour
But I woke from my dreaming, my idol was clay
My visions of love have all faded away.