Black is the Color
of My True Love's Hair 

Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair sheet music is beautiful in a deep and magical way.  Perhaps it is the lyrics that render it so moving.  

"Black is the color of my true love's hair...

piano sheet music from Scotland or Appalachia

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Starting very slowly on page 1, things change up swiftly on page 2 with an alternate melody and broken left hand chords.  Have a listen:

Skill & understanding with chords

Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair sheet music

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There are a number of different chord patterns going on in the left hand.  All of them are pretty, and help change up the background so that it doesn't become monotonous.

Likewise, on the repeat section which occurs on pages 2 & 3, it makes a real difference to raise the right hand melody up an octave.  The new register is a relief to the ear.

Intermediate piano sheet music

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What about the "wavy lines?"

The vertical glissando lines, indicating chords broken from bottom to top, may initially be a challenge to play IN TIME for your students.  It's a good challenge - singing along to keep the rhythm going can help.

Alternate lyrics to the song:

Black is the color of my true love's hair

His lips are like a rose so fair

He has the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands

And I love the ground where on he stands


Black is the color of my true love's hair

His face so soft and wondrous fair

The purest eyes

And the strongest hands

I love the ground on where he stands


I love my love and well, he knows

I love the ground where on he goes

And how I wish the day would come

When he and I will be as one


I go to the Clyde and mourn and weep

Satisfied I never will sleep

I will write him a letter just a few short lines

And suffer death ten thousand times

Addressed to a woman:

Black is the color of my true love's hair;

Her lips are like some roses fair;

She's got the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands,

And I love the ground whereon she stands.


I love my love, and well she knows.

I love the ground whereon she goes.

I wish the day, it soon would come;

When she and I could be as one.


For black is the color of my true love's hair;

Her lips are like some roses fair;

She's got the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands,

And I love the ground whereon she stands.


I go to Clyde, and I mourn and weep;

For satisfied, I never can be.

And I write her a letter, just a few short lines;

And suffer death, a thousand times!


For black is the color of my true love's hair;

Her lips are like red roses fair;

She's the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands,

And I love the ground whereon she stands!


For black is the color of my true love's hair;

Her lips are like red roses fair;

She's the sweetest smile and the gentlest hands,

And I love the ground  whereon she stands! 

For black is the color of my true love's hair!


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