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The Green Ribbon (1823) D795 (Op. 25)

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The Fair Maid of the Mill (D795 (Op. 25))

The Green Ribbon

"Shame that the nice green piece of braid
Should hang on the wall and start to fade
When I'm so fond of green
When I'm so fond of green"
My love, I’ll cut it down today
and send it to you straight away
Since you’re so fond of green
Since you’re so fond of green
Millers are always dressed in white
But other colours can bring delight
I'm also fond of green
I'm also fond of green
For green is hope and green is spring
And evrything that life can bring
and love is evergreen
Our love is evergreen
Here is the ribbon, yours to wear
So braid it in your golden hair
since you're so fond of green
since you're so fond of green
And then the glint of green can show
Where happiness will bloom and grow
And that's why I love green
Yes that's why I love green

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Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He was uncommonly gifted from a young age, but appreciation of his music was limited during his lifetime. His work became more popular in the decades after his death, and was praised by 19th century composers, including Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Liszt.

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