Pretty Saro

A person sitting at the edge of a dock in a mountainous lake

SKU: RP031

Price: $2.25

Length: 4'45"

Instrumentation: SATB choir with bass divisi

Delivery: PDF score will be delivered via email within a few days

And I’ll dream of pretty Saro, wherever she be

Pretty Saro, arranged for Aliro Voices, is a traditional folk song originally from Britain, but rediscovered in Appalachia after it died out in England. The text was adapted by the composer.

Down in some lone valley, in a lonesome place,

Where the wild birds do whistle and their notes do increase

The thoughts of pretty Saro, I bid you adieu,

And I’ll dream of pretty Saro wherever I go.

If I were a poet and could write some fine hand,

I would write my love a letter that she’d understand

And send it by the waters where the island o’erflows,

And I’d think of pretty Saro wherever I go.

My love, she won’t have me, this I understand,

She wants a freeholder and I have no land.

I could not maintain her with silver and gold

and all of the fine things my love’s house can hold.

Farewell my dear mother, farewell father, too,

I’m going for to ramble this wide world all through,

And when I get weary, I’ll lie down and weep,

And I’ll dream of pretty Saro, wherever she be.

Recording of Pretty Saro by Aliro Voices