Anthony Archibald - Guitar - Guitar: Bonny Bunch of Roses O (Including lyrics and chords) "The Bonny Bunch of Roses O" is my song for today from the BBC programme "Singing Together". It has the following footnote in the pamphlet: Many people have been puzzled by the inconsistancies in the text of this song. James Reeves, in "The Everlasting Circle" (Heinemann 1960) mentions especially those in verse 4. These inconsistancies can, however, be very simply explained if it is borne in mind that the song is an imaginary conversation between Napoleon's young son and his mother, and that verse 4 is a continuance of his mother's warning and not, as is sometimes thought, a statement of unhistorical fact. When young Napoleon speaks of "The deeds of bold Napoleon" he is referring to the deeds of his father, not of himself. The Rev. Baring-Gould, in his notes to the song in "Songs of the West" states "it is unmistakably an anti-Jacobite production" later adapted as an anti-Napoleonic song. No proof has ever come to light to support this claim as far as we know and we, personally, doubt it very much. The tune to which the early Irish broadsides of the song are directed to be sung is "The Bonny Bunch of Rushes". The tune which Chas. Windebank sang is "The Rose tree in Full Bearing", (which is still in use as a Morris tune by the traditional Morris team at Bampton, Oxfordshire), and this is also of Irish origin. The high-flown language of some versions of the song would indicate that the song originated as an Irish broadside. It is certainly meant to be pro-Napoleonic; note especially the sting in the tail.
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Guitar: Bonny Bunch of Roses O (Including lyrics and chords) "The Bonny Bunch of Roses O" is my song for today from the BBC programme "Singing Together". It has the following footnote in the pamphlet: Many people have been puzzled by the inconsistancies in the text of this song. James Reeves, in "The Everlasting Circle" (Heinemann 1960) mentions especially those in verse 4. These inconsistancies can, however, be very simply explained if it is borne in mind that the song is an imaginary conversation between Napoleon's young son and his mother, and that verse 4 is a continuance of his mother's warning and not, as is sometimes thought, a statement of unhistorical fact. When young Napoleon speaks of "The deeds of bold Napoleon" he is referring to the deeds of his father, not of himself. The Rev. Baring-Gould, in his notes to the song in "Songs of the West" states "it is unmistakably an anti-Jacobite production" later adapted as an anti-Napoleonic song. No proof has ever come to light to support this claim as far as we know and we, personally, doubt it very much. The tune to which the early Irish broadsides of the song are directed to be sung is "The Bonny Bunch of Rushes". The tune which Chas. Windebank sang is "The Rose tree in Full Bearing", (which is still in use as a Morris tune by the traditional Morris team at Bampton, Oxfordshire), and this is also of Irish origin. The high-flown language of some versions of the song would indicate that the song originated as an Irish broadside. It is certainly meant to be pro-Napoleonic; note especially the sting in the tail.
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Guitar: Holly Ho (Including lyrics and chords) Today I am returning to the BBC programme, "Singing Together" for a song called "Holly Ho". Not much information accompanying it in the Joe Offer collection apart from: Source: Palmer, Roy, Povery Knock, 1974, Cambridge University Press Notes: Sung by Joe Mallen of Kinver, Worcestershire (born 1891); collected by ROy Palmer, 2 April 1072; slightly adapted. Roud: 1407 (Search Roud index at VWML)
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Autoharp: Comin' Through the Rye (Including lyrics and chords) Another song for Jan's Challenge on the UK Autoharp site on Facebook. "Comin' Through the Rye" is a song from the pen of the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns. This is the song I hope to perform tomorrow night in a Zoom meeting with other members of the UK Autoharpers at a "meet, greet and warble" evening.
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Guitar: In the Hills of Shiloh (Including lyrics and chords) My song today from the BBC programme "Singing Together" is "In the Hills of Shiloh". Unlike most of the songs they used for this programme, this one is not an old traditional song, but a contemporary song written by a well known prolific song writer, Shel Silverstein. Also, very conveniently, the score shown in Joe Offer's collection has the chords included, so I have not had to work out my own progression for this one. The story of the song is of a woman who lost her husband in the American Civil War at the Battle of Shiloh, and even forty years later believes he is not dead and pines for him believing he is going to return to her.
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Guitar: Heron from Brecon (Including lyrics and chords) The Heron from Brecon is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". The following information about it is included in Joe Offer's collection: Welsh traditional song translated into English. "Deryn y Bwn o'r Banna" is the original in Welsh. 'Bittern from the Mountain tops' in translation, and this makes sense of the Bwm Bwm refrain, being the sound that bird makes.
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Autoharp: Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon (Including lyrics and chords) My song for Jan Brodie's challenge for January on the UK Autoharps Facebook page is a Robert Burns song, "Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon". Having just finished preparing this recording, I found that another member of the UK Autoharps group has already posted her version of the same song. Margaret Rigby has one big advantage over me in that she is a Scot and therefore sings the song with a genuine Scottish accent unlike my imitation of a Scottish accent. She also plays it on the Chromaharp that I sold to her in 2019, a lovely sounding instrument I was selling on somebody else's behalf. However, I have decided to share my own version anyway, feeling quite happy that I managed it with only one mistake.
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Guitar: Drops of Brandy (Including lyrics and chords) Today's song is a request from my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth. There is a fiddle tune with the same name, but the tune for this song was written by Pete St John especially for a folk group from Waterford called "The Drops of Brandy". Ken, however directed me to a version recorded by Mick Comerford. This is my own interpretation of the song.
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Guitar: Here's Adieu To All Judges And Juries (Including lyrics and chords) Today's song from the BBC programme, "Singing Together" in my opinion is a variant of the song "Botany Bay". The story and lyrics of both songs are almost identical as is the melody. However, "Here's Adieu To All Judges And Juries" differs from "Botany Bay" in that it has no chorus. The following footnotes appear beneath the song in Joe Offer's collection: Source: Purslow, F, (1972), The Constant Lovers, EDFS, London Notes: Frank Purslow's notes are as follows: Gardiner Hp. 308.George Blake, St Denys, Southampton, May 1906. Once extremely popular, but now almost forgotten, it probably had its origins in the early music halls. Some collected versions do seem to be of an earlier date, but a stage origin still seems likely. The tune is sometimes sung in the Mixolydian mode. The composer of Wrap me up in my old Tarpaulin Jacket - Whyte Melwille - appears to have been unconsciously aware of the tune when he composed his. I have slightly rearranged the order of Blake's verses to agree with the usual order. Found only a few times in tradition, and not outside England; but for a broadside text without tune included by James N. Healy in his Old Irish Street Ballads (1967), localised as The Newry Transport. The song appeared on broadsides in (mainly) the first half of the 19th century, under a number of titles, largely variations on Farewell to your judges and juries and Justices and Old Bailey. Several can be seen at Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads:
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Guitar: He That Will Not Merry Merry Be (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the BBC programme "Singing Together" for today's upload. "He That Will Not Merry, Merry Be" has the following footnote in Joe Offer's collection of songs from this programme; Source: Sabine Baring Gould, 1895, Old English Songs from English Minstrelsie Notes: This is taken from the selection of the eight volume work by Baring Gould of the same name, reprinted by Llanerch Publishers. Notes are not given in the selection, but are in the full eight volume work to which I do not have access. Therefore I can give no information about the origins of this song.
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Guitar: Shortness of Sight (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by athull08, "Shortness of Sight" is a song from the repertoire of the Liverpool folk group, "The Spinners". I thought I had uploaded all of their songs that were on the LPs I have in my own collection, but this one seems to have slipped through the net, so I am presenting it here today as my first upload for 2021.
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2021 CALENDAR The photographs in this video are the ones I have used to create my 2021 calendar, each photograph being taken by me during the corresponding month shown from October 2019 to September 2020. The accompanying song, "The January Man" was written by Dave Goulder and is my own version which I uploaded to YouTube in October 2013 using my 12-string guitar for accompaniment.
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Guitar: Green Mossy Banks of the Lea (Including lyrics and chords) Today I am returning to songs from the BBC programme "Singing Together" which I am finding in Joe Offer's catalogue of songs on "http://www.joe-offer.com/folkinfo/ind...". This one has caused me a few problems trying to work out a suitable chord progression especially for the third line of each verse, and what I show in the annotations is only guesswork. In all the versions and variants of this song I found on YouTube, the first line is sung as "When first in this country a stranger, curiosity caused me to roam" but according to the text in Singing Together, it should be: "When first in this country a strange curiosity caused me to roam", so that is what I am singing.
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Guitar: Brother Ashley (Including lyrics and chords) I found this song on a Facebook friend's page. Trevor Valentine put music to a poem written by a friend of his, Sue Skinner. Sue had recently lost her brother and wrote the poem in his memory. I was so impressed by the song, I asked permission of both Trevor and Sue to do my own interpretation of this moving song, which I present here. (Probably no family connection, but my own mother's maiden name was Skinner.)
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Guitar: Christmas is A comin' (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth, "Christmas is A-comin'" is a song sung by Bing Crosby but I have no other information regarding its origins. I suspect it is an American variant of the song "Christmas is Coming" but with a different melody and lyrics. This is my last Christmas upload for this year. Let's hope 2021 proves to be a happier and healthier year everywhere.
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Guitar: Across the Universe (Including lyrics and chords) Another request from "mene cmt57" has me attempting a Beatles' song which on first hearing, I was unsure about as to whether I could manage to do it. However, with a little perseverance, here is my interpretation. The song was written by John Lennon, but as was usual with Beatles' songs, it was attributed to both Lennon and McCartney.
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Guitar: Green Grow The Leaves (Including lyrics and chords) Green Grow The Leaves is a children's counting song, short and sweet, so I sing it twice through. It is another song from the BBC programme, "Singing Together" and as with most of the songs from this source, I have put my own chord progression to it.
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Guitar: Green Broom (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the BBC programme, "Singing Together" for my upload today. The following information came with the song which is in Joe Offer's "Singing Together" collection: Source: Sharp C and Vaughan Williams, R, A Selection of Collected Folk-Songs, Novello Notes: The tune here was noted from John Farkell (75) at Bridgwater, Somerset, on the 10th April 1907. The text as given above also appeared in Sharp's One Hundred English Folksongs (Boston, 1916) in substantially the same form. Mr Farkell's text as originally noted is in Karpeles, Cecil Sharp's Collection of Folk Songs, Oxford 1974, I, 458 (No. 116A)
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Christmas Greetings from The Isle of Man The photographs in this video were taken on Christmas Day ten years ago, the first time I can recall there being snow here in the Isle of Man at Christmas. I am posting this as my Christmas Card to all my friends and acquaintances wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Let's hope 2021 will see the end to the pandemic and people will be able to return to happier times once more and hopefully appreciate the help and comfort that has been given so freely by so many lovely people throughout this stressful time. The musical extracts accompanying the video have been taken from some of the videos I have uploaded to my YouTube channel. The instrument used for all of them is a chromatic autoharp.
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Guitar: Christmas in Killarney (Including lyrics and chords) "Christmas in Killarney" is a request from my American friend, Ken Shuttlesworth. I had not heard it before getting Ken's request, but it has been recorded by Bing Crosby and more recently by "The Irish Rovers" and it is on their version I have based my own interpretation, though I have not attempted to put in their instrumental break.
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Guitar: That's The Way It Is (Including lyrics and chords) I have had a number of requests from "mene cmt57" for songs I have been unable to play, so I am pleased to be able to fulfil his request for me to do a 6-string version of this song. I uploaded a 12-string version nearly a year ago which was quite well received with the following information: Written by Daniel Lanois and Rocco DeLuca, and performed by Lanois it is the soundtrack for a video game, "Red Redemption 2".
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Guitar: Gipsy Countess Part II (Including lyrics and chords) This is the second part of the story of the gipsy countess. In part I, she was married to an earl despite her misgivings as to whether she would be able to take to the life and her concerns about leaving her brothers and her outdoor, roaming life. In part II, her brothers come to find her and she returns to her gipsy life leaving behind all the riches and comfort of the earl's home.
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Gipsy Countess Part I Today, I am returning to songs from the BBC programme "Singing Together", a source from which I have found many songs to upload. This one is the first part of a story about a gipsy maiden who attracts the amorous intentions of an Earl who despite her protestations is determined to have her for his bride.
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Autoharp: The Lord Christ is Born (Including lyrics and chords) I have already posted one autoharp accompanied song this week as a part of Jan's challenge on the UK Autoharpers page on Facebook, but here is another. It is a self-penned song which I wrote nearly 50 years ago as a three verse carol. I added a chorus about ten years later and had only performed it with guitar accompaniment before today. I am using my Richwood Artist Series chromatic autoharp rather than my Oscar Schmidt as there is no Bm on the OS, and the chord bar arrangement on the Richwood is better suited to the chord progression used in this song.
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Autoharp: Mistletoe and Wine (Including lyrics and chords) This is the song I intend to perform at the December Zoom meeting for the UK Autoharpers group. Wikipedia has the following information about the song: "Mistletoe and Wine" is a Christmas song made famous as a single by Cliff Richard in 1988. The song was written by Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart and Keith Strachan for a musical called Scraps, which was an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" set in Victorian London. Scraps was first performed at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, London in 1976. The musical was renamed The Little Match Girl and adapted for television by HTV in 1987, and featured Roger Daltrey, Paul Daneman, Jimmy Jewel and Twiggy. As originally conceived, "Mistletoe and Wine" had a different meaning from that for which it has come to be known. The writers wanted a song that sounded like a Christmas carol, intending it to be sung ironically while the little matchgirl is kicked out into the snow by the unfeeling middle classes. By the time the musical transferred to television, the song had become a lusty pub song sung by the local whore, as played by Twiggy. Richard liked the song, but changed the lyrics to reflect a more religious theme (which the writers accepted).
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Autoharp: Mary's Boychild (Including lyrics and chords) I have covered this song some time ago, but not using the autoharp, so here is my latest version which also happens to fit in with Jan's challenge for Christmas themed songs for the UK Autoharpers on their Facebook page.
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Guitar: Affair on Eighth Avenue (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber "Spiritof Seventysix", "Affair on Eighth Avenue" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot. It was included on his double album, "Gord's Gold" in 1975, but was omitted when the album was re-issued as a CD in 1987. (The chord I am playing at the start of the intro which I am calling Bm7 is the same shape as Am7 moved up two frets but only picking strings 6, 4, 3 and 2 to a count of 1, 2, 3 &, 4 &, picking string 6 on #1, 3 on #2, 2 on #3, 4 on &, 3 on #4, 2 on &, repeated four times. Then slide down to Am7 and play the same pattern, but this time replacing string 6 with string 5.)
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Guitar and Harmonica: Stop The Cavalry (Including lyrics and chords) This song was requested by "125cc cruise'in". The following article about the song comes from Wikipedia: "Stop the Cavalry" is a song written and performed by the English musician Jona Lewie, released in 1980. The song peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart in December 1980, at one point only being kept from number one by two re-issued songs by John Lennon, who had been murdered on 8 December that year. Initially a stand-alone single, the song was included on Lewie's album Heart Skips a Beat which was released nearly two years later. In an interview for Channel 4's 100 Greatest Christmas Moments, Lewie said that the song was never intended as a Christmas hit, and that it was a protest song. The line "Wish I was at home for Christmas", as well as the brass band arrangements made it an appropriately styled song to play around Christmas time. Lewie had said that royalties received from the song account for 50 per cent of his income stream. The song's promotional video is set in the trenches of the First World War. The lyrics of the song mention cavalry and Winston Churchill (who served as the First Lord of the Admiralty in the first year of the war, prior to serving in the trenches himself), but it breaks with the First World War theme with references to nuclear fallout and the line "I have had to fight, almost every night, down throughout these centuries". Lewie described the song's soldier as being "a bit like the eternal soldier at the Arc de Triomphe". At the time of the song's release there was an increase in tension between the Western Bloc and the Soviet Union, with American-controlled nuclear cruise missiles being stationed in the UK and a renewed fear of nuclear war, which was referenced in the lyrical mention of the fallout zone.
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12-string Guitar: Underneath The Arches (Including lyrics and chords) My final song from the book "101 Pub Favourites for Buskers" is a song written by Bud Flannagan and Reg Connelly. Flannagan regularly performed it along with his singing partner, Chesney Allen.
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Guitar: Timothy Winters (Including lyrics and chords) "Timothy Winters" is a song I found in the book, "The Jolly Herring". Originally a poem written by a Cornish poet and schoolmaster, Charles Causley, it was set to music by Leon Rosselson. In verse 7, the word "helves" is a dialect word from north Cornwall used to describe the alarmed lowing of cattle, (as when a cow is separated from her calf); a desperate, pleading note.
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Guitar: Never My Love (Including lyrics and chords) Another request from my young friend from America, Ken Shuttlesworth, Never My Love was written by Don and Dick Addrisi, band members of The Association. As the band sang the chorus in harmony, I had difficulty trying to work out the actual melody line, and may not have done so accurately, but here is my own interpretation of their song.
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Autoharp: Send Me A Peach (Including lyrics and chords) For the UK Autoharpers' Zoom meeting this evening, I will be playing this song which I originally uploaded as a guitar accompanied version a couple of years ago.
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Guitar: ONE! TWO! DRINK UP! (Including lyrics and chords) This is another song I found in a book called "101 Pub Favourites for Buskers". I have never heard it before, but felt it was quite amusing, so here is my interpretation of it. Words by Harry Lester, Charles Waugh & Ed Brown. Music by Wiga-Gabriel.
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Guitar: On a Slow Boat to China (Including lyrics and chords) "On A Slow Boat to China" is a song written by Frank Loesser and first published in 1948, so it is nearly as old as me. One of the ladies in the audience at the sheltered accommodation complex at which I entertain along with friends gave me a book called 101 Pub Favourites for Buskers and it was in that book I found the song which I remember hearing on the radio in my younger days. It being a suitable song for using at the sing-arounds I go to, I decided to give it a go and will perform it for the lady in question soon.
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Guitar: Dublin Minstrel (The) (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber "Jack Carter", "The Dublin Minstrel" is a song written by Paddy Reilly in fond memory of the late Luke Kelly of "The Dubliners". I loved "The Dubliners" and collected many of their LPs up to the time that Luke passed away, but did not continue to collect after that, so this song is one I had not been aware of until I received this request a couple of days ago.
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Guitar: You'll Never Know (Including lyrics and chords) Today being Remembrance Day, I thought it appropriate to upload a song from the repertoire of the late Dame Vera Lynn. Although the song's original lyrics began "You'll never know how much I love you...." to reflect the feelings during the war years of the Second World War, the opening line was re-worded as "You'll never know how much I miss you...." and as my friend Sylvia wishes to sing this one, that is the version I have learned and am presenting here.
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Guitar: Right Said Fred (Including lyrics and chords) Today's upload is a comedy song performed by Bernard Cribbins, the title of which was taken up by a the band "Right Said Fred" at a later date. I found this one in the song book, "The Jolly Herring" and slightly simplified the chord progression they suggested to accompany it.
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Guitar: Land of the Old and Grey (Including lyrics and chords) My song today is "Land of the Old and Grey" and like a previous upload I did about seven years ago called "The Settle to Carlisle Railway", it was written by Mike Donald. Both songs refer to the fells of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines during the late 1800's. In the case of this song, it bemoans the exodus of young people from this area who were enticed to the "wool towns" or to mines where they could earn more money and live more comfortably than they did in the bleak and harsh moorlands of their birth.
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Guitar: Broadside Man (The) (Including lyrics and chords) Having completed uploading all the songs I intend to cover from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, I am now trying to cover some songs from other sources which I have not performed previously. This song was written by John Conolly and Bill Meek. In the days before daily newspapers were published on a national scale, new could be purchased from sellers of broadsheets or broadsides and this song is based on what such a broadside seller would shout out to advertise his product.
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Autoharp: Miss O'Leary's Irish Fruit Cake (Including lyrics and chords) This month's challenge on the UK Autoharp page on Facebook is a song about food, so here is my offering.
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Guitar: Green Mountaineer (The) (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by subscriber Athull08, "The Green Mountaineer" is a song written by American poet John Greenleaf Wittier. It reflects the attitude of Vermonters during the Revolutionary War. It is also known as "The Green Mountain Boys."
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Guitar: Zoe Jane (Including lyrics and chords) This song was requested a few weeks ago by "mene cmt57", but it has taken me longer than usual to get to grips with it. The song "Zoe Jane" was written by Aaron Lewis of the band "Staind" for his daughter. I think Aaron plays it not in standard tuning moving right up the neck of the guitar, but I am playing it in standard tuning so am using simpler chords.
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Guitar: Ye Mar'ners All (Including lyrics and chords) This is the last of the songs I have attempted from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. According to the header in the book, it was: "Sung by Mrs. Russell, Upway, Dorset (H. E. D. H1907). I thought that I had uploaded a song entitled "A Jug o' This" some time ago, but if I did, it is one that has been removed from YouTube for some unknown reason. As with all the songs from this book, the score was printed, but not the chords, so I have devised my own accompaniment. Mar'ners is a contraction of mariners. Even though the lyrics printed reads: "a jug of this", I found myself singing "a jug o' this".
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Guitar: When I Was A Little Boy (Including lyrics and chords) This song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others is what might be described as "a tall tale", or more correctly "a lot of tall tales". One of my father's favourite expressions was: "Half the lies he tells aren't true!" In this case, it's "All the lies he tells aren't true!" The lyrics put me in mind of another song of extreme exaggeration, namely "The Derby Ram" As with all the songs from this book, the chord progression I am using is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Trees They Grow So High (The) (Including lyrics and chords) This song taken from the Penguin Book of English Folk songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others is a variant of a song I have uploaded previously entitled "The Bonny Boy". This version according to the header in the book: "Was sung by an unnamed woman singer, Stoke Fleming, Devon (B, B, n.d.) {n.d. = no date} As with all the songs in this book, I have devised my own chord progression for the accompaniment.
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Guitar: T'owd Yowe Wi' One Horn (Including lyrics and chords) According to the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others, "T'owd Yowe Wi' One Horn" was sung by Dean Robinson, Scawby Brook, Lincs. (P. G. 1905). As with all the songs from this book, the music score was in the book, but no chords given with it, so I have devised my own chord progression for the accompaniment.
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Guitar: Streams of Lovely Nancy (The) (Including lyrics and chords) From The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, "The Streams of Lovely Nancy" was collected in 1905 and according to the header in the book, it was "Sung by George Dowden, Lockington, Dorset (H. E. D. H. 1905) I am sure I have sung another song fairly recently that had the same lyrics apart from the first verse. It had a different tune but I cannot remember its title.
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Guitar: Six Dukes Went A-fishing (Including lyrics and chords) My song today from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others is "Six Dukes Went A-fishing" which according to the header was "sung by George Gouldthorpe, Brigg, Lincs. (P. G. 1906). It is a somewhat sad and macabre tale.
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Guitar: Love Is All Around (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by my friend from America, Ken Shuttlesworth, "Love Is All Around" is a song that was written by Reg Presley and was first performed by "The Troggs", an English garage rock band formed in Andover, Hampshire in May 1964, and covered thirty years later by the group "Wet, Wet, Wet"
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Guitar: Sailor's Life (A) (Including lyrics and chords) Another "Sailor song" from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, "A Sailor's Life" was, according to the header in the book: "Sung by Henry Hills, Lodsworth, Sussex (W. P. M. 1899).
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Guitar: Marching Through Rochester (Including lyrics and chords) I received a request for this song, aka The Bold Fusilier, yesterday morning from subscriber "Grimmbart". It is a song I had not come across before the request, but as the tune is the one for Waltzing Matilda, it was easy enough to learn. I found the following on line: The currency of this song in oral tradition is rather open to debate. This is not due to any defect in the song itself, but its precise parallels to "Waltzing Matilda," which has made the history of the song rather a fetish for Australians. The facts: 1. There are no early collections of the song, and some have judged the language inappropriate for the early seventeenth century. There do not appear to be broadside prints. (The verses quoted in the Digital Tradition are modern reconstructions by Peter Coe of the extant fragments remembered by recent informants) 2. The song clearly *refers to* events of the time of the War of the Spanish Succession, when Marlborough was the English general in chief and when the recruiting sergeant still roamed the streets sweeping up recruits. Does this date the song to the seventeenth century? The only other alternative I've seen is a suggestion that the song was written during the Boer War (1899-1902) as some sort of parody on the Churchills. I find this hard to believe. The question will probably never be settled to everyone's satisfaction, barring discovery of an early broadside print or the like. - RBW
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Guitar: Sailor in the North Country (Including lyric) "A Sailor in the North Country" is another sailor song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. The header for this one reads: "Sung by Mrs Verrall, Horsham, Sussex (R. V. W. 1904)". The chord progression is of my own devising
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Guitar: Sailor From Dover (The) (Including lyrics and chords) The Sailor From Dover is my song for today from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs. The header for this one reads: Sung by "Sung by Mrs Lucy Durston, Bridgwater, Som. (C. J. S. 1909). As with all the songs from this book, I have made up my own chord progression.
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Guitar: Rounding The Horn (Including lyrics and chords) My song today from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs is "Rounding The Horn" which according to the header in the book was "Sung by W. Bolton, Southport, Lancs. (A. G. G. May 1907) The chord progression is of my own devising. In the last verse, I sing "Chile" to rhyme with "while" as I am sure that is the way the author intended it to be sung.
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Guitar: Ratcliffe Highway (Including lyrics and chords) Ratcliffe Highway is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. According to the header in the book, "Sung by Mrs Howard, King's Lynn, Norfolk (R. V. W. 1905) Never having heard it before, the chord progression is again of my own making.
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Guitar: The Ploughman (Including lyrics and chords) "The Ploughman" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. The header in the book states: Sung by Henry Burstow, Horsham, Sussex (R. V. W. 1904) The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Green Lanes (Including lyrics and chords) Yesterday evening I received a request from "V J", for the song "Green Lanes", with additional information stating that it could be found in a book of folk and pop songs called "The Jolly Herring". As luck would have it, I own that book and on searching for and finding it, I was able to write out the score using MuseScore3 and listen to the melody. I liked it so much that on waking this morning, I immediately set to to play and record it. "Green Lanes" was written and composed by Judith Bush. As there are some long rests in the piece, in the annotations, I have tried to indicate them with dashes, one - per beat where relevant.
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Guitar: The Pedlar (Including lyrics and chords) For today's upload I am returning to songs from the BBC programme "Singing Together". This one is the first song in the Teacher's Book of 50 songs arranged by Douglas Coombes and published in 1973. It is an English translation by Max Krone of a Russian folk song.
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Guitar: Old Man from Lee (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others, "The Old Man from Lee" is attributed as: "Sung by unnamed singer, Coggeshall, Essex (G. E. McC n.d.) It appears to be an earlier version of a song "An Old Man Came Courting Me" and may have been the inspiration for that one.
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Guitar: Leaving of Liverpool (Including lyrics and chords) At the request of subscriber "Athul08", I have done a newer version of this classic Liverpool folk song. My first recording of it was one of my earliest when I was using a cheap webcam which had a poor microphone which caused a lot of annoying interference spoiling the quality of the sound. I hope this gives a better sound quality.
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Guitar: Fisherman's Luck (Including lyrics and chords) This is another request from my friend Ken Shuttlesworth for his birthday last week. This song was written by Dorsey Dixon. It was recorded by the Dixon Brothers in 1937 and released in 1938. It was based on a popular tall story known as "The Convivial Snake." Thanks to Raymond Crooke who also has recorded this one for the lyrics. The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Autoharp: Waterbound (Including lyrics and chords) This is my second song for Jan's challenge on the UK Autoharps page on Facebook, this month's theme being "WATER". I found this song on the Toneway Mountain Music Collection and did upload it about five years ago using my Richwood Autoharp, but as I thought I had used a guitar on that occasion, I have done it again using my new OS chromatic 'harp fro this presentation. It is only a three chord bash, but I think it is fun to play and try adding some hammering on techniques.
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Guitar: It’s All Over but The Crying (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by "Mirza Rafi", "It’s All Over but The Crying" is a song from the repertoire of the group "The Inkspots" written by Russ Morgan and Seger Ellis. Wikipedia has the following about the group: The Ink Spots were an American vocal jazz group who gained international fame in the 1930s and 1940s. Their unique musical style presaged the rhythm and blues and rock and roll musical genres, and the subgenre doo-wop. The Ink Spots were widely accepted in both the white and black communities, largely due to the ballad style introduced to the group by lead singer Bill Kenny.
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Guitar: I’ll Spend My Life with You (Including lyrics and chords) A slightly belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend, Ken Shuttlesworth for whom I have attempted this song. Written by Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce, it was performed by The Monkees.
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Autoharp: Arrane Ny Niee (The Washing Song) (Including lyrics and chords) I have just been taking part in a most enjoyable Zoom meeting with fellow autoharp players from around the world during which we had time to chat and many of those present performed a piece of music or a song related to Jan's Challenge on the UK Autoharpers Facebook page, the theme being "WATER". I attempted this Manx folk song, a lullaby which is called "Arrane Ny Niee" which translates as "The Washing Song". Although I am Manx, born and bred, sadly we were never taught our own language at school, and I have never found the time to try to learn it in later life, so I sang only the English translation.
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Guitar: The Outlandish Knight (Including lyrics and chords) Another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others, "The Outlandish Knight" tells a commonplace tale of an unscrupulous man trying to trick a pretty maiden, rob her and murder her, but being outwitted and getting his comeuppance. There are a number of variants of this song including the American "Pretty Polly". This one, collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams was "Sung by Mr. Hilton, South Walsham, Norfolk (R. V. W. 1908). As with all the songs I am uploading from this book, the chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: On Monday Morning (Including lyrics and chords) This was the first video I recorded using my new Nikon camera and I was not as yet familiar with the settings, so the focus was not quite right. Also, the sound reproduction quality is not up to the usual standard as some of my viewers have informed me. At present I do not have access to my PC and am working from my laptop which does not have the necessary apps for me to create new videos, so I am not re-recording this one but posting it as is. "On Monday Morning" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. It is a rather dark misogynistic story. According to the header in the book, this was "Sung by W. Alexander, Cliddesdon, Hants (R. V. W. 1909) The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: O Shepherd, O Shepherd (Including lyrics and chords) The song for today, "O Shepherd, O Shepherd" is another from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and according to the book was: "Sung by Mrs. Davis, Dorchester, Dorset (H. E. D. H. 1906). The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: The Manchester Angel (Including lyrics and chords) "The Manchester Angel" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. The header for this one states: 'Sung by S. Gregory, Beaminster, Dorset (H. E. D. H. 1906. As usual, I have created my own chord progression for my interpretation of this song. My apologies if the sound quality is not the best. The camera I used to record this video does not give good reproduction when recording close up apparently. It sounds OK on higher quality players, e.g. on my Smart TV, but not so on smaller equipment such as laptops or mobile phones. I will not be using this camera for future recordings, but return to one of my older ones which gives better quality sound recording.
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Guitar: The Man of Burningham Town (Including lyrics and chords) This song comes from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others and its source according to the header in the book "Sung by Mr. Locke, Rollesby, Norfolk (R. V. W. 1908)" The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Lovely Joan (Including lyrics and chords) "Lovely Joan" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. The story has a nice twist as the man who is obviously intent on having his way with Lovely Joan is thwarted, losing both his gold ring and his horse. As with all the songs in this book, I have devised my own chord progression for my accompaniment.
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Guitar: Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor (Including lyrics and chords) "Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. According to the header in the book this one was: "Sung by Mrs Pond, Shepton Beauchamp, Som. (C. J. S. 1904) The final two verses are very familiar and appear to be re-cycled in a number of songs of a similar nature
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Guitar and Piano: Long Lankin (Including lyrics and chords) Long Lankin is a murder ballad which I found in the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. Above the song in the book, it states: "Sung by sister Emma, Clewer, Berks. (C. J. S. 1909). For this video, I created a piano accompaniment using MuseScore3 over which I played and strummed my guitar and sang while that was playing. I had to be closer to my camera than usual to see the lyrics on my computer screen, not realising that the camera would follow my body movements thus giving the impression that my room is rocking with me.
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Guitar: Lisbon (Including lyrics and chords) "Lisbon" is yet another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. It is another song with a familiar theme where a young man leaves the country to fight in a foreign war forsaking his girl who then wants to follow him and is even willing to disguise herself as a man and join up to be with him. The book states the following to be the source of the song: Sung by Mrs. Lock, Muchelney Ham, Somerset (C. J. S. 1904) The chords are of my own devising.
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Guitar: The King Will Take the Queen (Including lyrics and chords) Requested by my American pal, Ken Shuttlesworth, "The King Will Take the Queen" is an old English drinking song the lyrics and chords for which I got from fellow prolific uploader on YouTube, Raymond Crooke. In fact, it was from Raymond's upload of the song I learned it, never having come across it before.
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Guitar: John Barleycorn (Including lyrics and chords) I uploaded another version of this song under the title "John Barleycorn Must Die" some time ago. On that occasion, I used a DADGAD accompaniment on my guitar. This version comes from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others and the following regarding its source states: "Sung by 'Shepherd' Haden Bampton, Oxon. (C. J. S. 1909). The lyrics are identical in both versions, but the tune is different and for this video I am playing using normal tuning and chords of my own devising.
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Guitar: Jack the Jolly Tar (Including lyrics and chords) "Jack the Jolly Sailor" is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others where it is described as being "Sung by Mrs Hooper, Hambridge, Somerset (C. J. S. 1904). It is very reminiscent of two songs I have uploaded, "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" and "Yarmouth Town".
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Guitar: The Grey Cock (Including lyrics and chords) The Grey Cock or The Lover's Ghost is another song from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. I uploaded a song called "The Night Visiting Song" some time ago and it was an abridged version of this song that omitted the verses explaining that the visitor was the ghost of her lover. In the Penguin book's explanation of where the song was collected it states: Sung by Mrs Cecilia Costello, Birmingham (M. S. & P. S. S. 1951). The chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Gloucester Feast Song (Including lyrics and chords) Back to the BBC programme "Singing Together" for my upload today. The title may also simply be called "Feast Song". The following appears in Joe Offer's printout: Source: Broadwood, L, 1893, English County Songs, London, Leadenhall Press Notes: "Gloucester Noke" is followed by a question mark in the book. Sung at Frocester about 1840. Words and tune from Mrs Graham Clarke, through Miss M Curtis Hayward. An explanation regarding "Gloucester Noke" was added by Malcolm Douglas in May 2007: 'Noke' is a mis-reading of 'Voke', an attempt at rendering a dialectal pronounciation of 'folk'. This is obvious if you look at the MS with a magnifying glass and know something about orthography. Miss Broadwood, I'm sure, owned at least one of the former and knew a fair bit about the latter; but we all make silly mistakes at times, and this was one of hers.
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Guitar: The Gentleman Soldier (Including lyrics and chords) A familiar tale of a maiden wronged by an unscrupulous soldier masquerading as a gentleman, the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams. According to the entry in the book, the song was sung by Mr Coomber, Blackham, Sussex. As with all the songs from this book, the music score was printed, but the chord progression is of my own devising.
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Guitar: Frog and the Mouse (Including lyrics and chords) This song is a variant on another with the title "Froggie Went A-courting" that I have uploaded previously. This one comes from the BBC programme, "Singing Together". It tells the same story as the one I am more familiar with, but has a different tune and lyrics. The lyrics, however are so similar, I had difficulty stopping myself from slipping into the other ones as I was singing this one.
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Guitar: Banks of Sweet Primroses (Including lyrics and chords) As I am still having difficulty with my home Wi-Fi, I am again working from a local coffee shop where they have free Wi-Fi. This song comes from the Penguin Book of English Folks Songs collected by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and was sung by Mrs Vaisey, Hampshire and collected in 1892. The music score is in the book, but with no chords shown, again I have devised my own chord progression for accompaniment.
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The Fox (Including lyrics and chords) I have uploaded a song with this title previously, but this is an older variant I have not heard before. It is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together". I had some difficulty stopping myself from slipping into the other version from time to time.
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Guitar The Devil and the Ploughman (Including lyrics and chords) I am still having problems at home trying to get a stable Wifi connection, so am at a llocal coffee shop where they have free Wifi. This is a similar song to one I have uploaded previously, that one being an American variant. This one comes from a book of English Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams in the early part of the twentieth century. The music score I found in the book but have produced my own chord progression for it.
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Autoharp: The Landlord's Wife (Including lyrics and chords) I have been having problems connecting to the internet for over a week now. Today I am at a local cafe where they have free wifi, so I can at last upload my video. This is a self-penned song that I think fits in with Jan's challenge on the UK Autoharp page on Facebook.
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Guitar: As Sylvie Went Walking (Including lyrics and chords) This song comes from a Penguin Book of English songs collected by the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. It is in fact the first song in that book and yet according to the description, it was collected from the singing of a lady in Australia. I have had this book for many years, but as I do not sight read music, it is only since I have been able to write the score out using MuseScore 3 that I have been able to hear the more obscure songs in the book. I have created my own chord progression for accompaniment.
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Guitar: Forty Miles (Including lyrics and chords) My song today from the BBC programme "Singing Together" is a very familiar story in folk music with various twists at the end. Among the footnotes in Joe Offers' archive of songs from Singing Together is the following: "The earliest English version of this delightful piece is a street ballad issued in the reign of James II (1685-88) under the title of John's Earnest Request; Or, Betty's Compassionate Love extended to him in a time of distress." Two copies of this, printed for P. Brooksby between 1672 and 1696, can be seen at "Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads". You might wonder why I play this in the key of D but use my capo at the second fret and use chords for the key of C. The reason for this is that the key of D suits my voice better than C, but I am able to pick out the accompaniment better using the C chords.
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Guitar; The Foggy Dew (Including lyrics and chords) My song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" today is "The Foggy Dew". I have uploaded songs with this same title or a variant on it previously, but have not come across this version. "The Foggy Foggy Dew" is the one I first learned and is virtually the same story as this one. The other song "The Foggy Dew" is an Irish song totally unrelated to this story. This variant was published with the following footnotes: Source: The Foggy Dew, Ed Frank Purslow, 1973 Notes: Hammond Sm.30; collected from Mrs Gulliver, Combe Florey, Somerset. May 1905 Frank Purslow's notes follow: Another old favourite, but now sung mostly around the folk clubs; traditional versions are hard to come by these days. A great many people have sought to invest the "foggy dew" with some sort of symbolism. What meaning the phrase does have seems fairly obvious, and I feel quite sure that country singers who sang this song did so without a thought for any hidden meanings. With all due respect to A.L. Lloyd, I find his "Bugaboo" theory as unconvincing as the rest. What if one of Bell's Tynesiders did ascribe the girl's fear to the mock-ghostly "Bogle-bo"? It probably merely indicates that one singer, at least, preferred his songs' sentiments to be rationalised - or else he had a higher-developed sense of humour than his neighbours. As "The Foggy Dew" the song appeared on late 18th century English broadsides. My own theory - which, if true, would probably prove A.L. Lloyd right! - is that the song originated in Ireland (again!)
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Guitar: Flower of Killarney (Including lyrics and chords) My song today "Flower of Killarney", comes from the Autumn 1970 edition of the BBC programme "Singing Together" and has the following footnotes: Source: Singing Together, Autumn 1970, BBC Publications Notes: In the booklet, this is simply listed as 'Irish Folk Tune', and no information is given about the lyrics. The tune is Gentle Maiden, which Edward Bunting got from a Miss Murphy of Dublin, in 1839: many songs have subsequently been set to it. Play it faster and its close relationship to Rosin the Beau becomes clear. The tune-family that includes both goes back a fair way in both Ireland and Britain, but Bunting's opinion that it is "ancient" and "pure Irish" was based solely on his theories on the structure of Irish melody, which Alfred Moffat (The Minstrelsy of Ireland, 4th edition, nd [the 1st edition was 1897], note to Thomas Moore's 'Oh! Love is a hunter boy') described as "often refuted"; and in those days "refuted" still meant "disproven". The words quoted in Singing Together are as printed in Desmond MacMahon, The New National Songbook Part II, London: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 1939; where they are described as "20th Cent[ury]". The song was issued by Elkin & Co in 1954 as sheet music arranged for SATB by Desmond MacMahon "with words by A[lfred] H Body" (COPAC listing)
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Autoharp: Sand (Including lyrics and chords) A post from one of my friends from Moniaive in Scotland, (Maggie MacBean), drew my attention to this song which must have passed me by in my younger days as I do not recall it and I loved Nancy Sinatra. However, I only had the one LP of hers and although she did perform "Some Velvet Morning" with Lee Hazlewood, this one was not on that album. Lee Hazlewood wrote "Sand" and first performed it with Jane Hokum in March 1966 before his performance with Nancy Sinatra in May the same year. For my attempt at the song, having no female partner to sing it with, I have sung the male part in as low a register as I can manage, then sung the female part an octave higher. In the annotations, the male part is printed in white lettering, the female in pink.
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Guitar: Flow Gently Sweet Afton (Including lyrics and chords) Flow Gently Sweet Afton is a poem by Robert Burns, written in 1789. It has been set to many tunes, this one being the one shown in the BBC programme "Singing Together" summer 1951 pamphlet.
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Guitar: Flora, Lily of the West (Including lyrics and chords) "Flora, Lily of the West" is another song from the BBC programme "Singing Together" and has the following footnotes in the pamphlet: Source: Songs of the West by S. Baring-Gould. Notes: Baring-Gould Notes: Two melodies have been noted down to this ballad, one from Matthew Baker, the old cripple on Lew Down, the other from Samuel Fone. The first one is identical with one obtained in Yorkshire by Mr Kidson. The words are on Broadsheets by Such, Fortey, Bar of Leeds, etc. In the original the lover betrayed by Flora stabs to the heart the "lord of high degree" who has supplanted him - "I walked up to my rival with a dagger in my hand, And seized him from my false love, and bid him boldly stand; Then, mad with desperation, I swore I'd pierce his breast, And I was betrayed by Flora, the Lily of the West." He is tried for murder, but "a flaw was in the indictment found," and he escapes the gallows. And the ballad winds up - "Although she swore my life away, she still disturbs my rest. I must ramble for my Flora, the Lily of the West" I have thought it well to cut out the murder and the trial. The ballad has clearly an Irish origin, what air is used in Ireland I am unable to say. It has been generally accepted that the ending of a phrase on the same three notes is characteristic Irish music. It is not more so than English folk airs. "Flora, the Lily of the West" was wont to be sung annually at the Revel at St Breward's on the Bodmin Moors, and can be traced back there to 1839. There Henry Hawken, sexton at Mickalstow, hard by, acquired it, and from him the first melody was taken down as well as by the Rev. W.J. Wyon, vicar of St Issey, in 1889. The tune given here is as collected from Matthew Baker. See Flora, The Lily Of The West(2) from "Related Songs" below for the tune collected from Samuel Fone.
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