Black, Black, Black is the Color

(2002)

"Black, Black, Black is the Color" is the seventh song of George Crumb's Unto the Hills: American Songbook III (2002). The tune used by Crumb is that of John Jacob Niles.

-----

The audio recording provided in the audio playlist to the right features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  The recording is from a live performance at Alice Tully Hall (New York City) on April 29, 2011 and has been used with permission. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

Black, Black, Black is the Color
Traditional Appalachian Folk Song
(possibly Scottish in origin)


Black, black, black is the color of my true love's hair,
His lips are something wondrous fair,
The purest eyes and the bravest of hands,
I love the ground whereon he stands.


The winter's passed and the leaves now again are green,
The time is passed that we have seen,
But still I hope the time will come
When you and I shall be as one.


Black, black, black is the color of my true love's hair,
His lips are something wondrous fair,
The purest eyes and the bravest of hands,
I love the ground whereon he stands.

Audio PLaylist