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Category Archives: Traditional folk song
You’d think a song about a woman leaving her husband and baby to live with a gypsy was an unsuitable subject for children. But we sang and loved it at school.
I sang this Scottish song to my cycling companion when we were on our pleasant cycle ride from London to the Isle of Skye. Singing – and the frequent appearance of tramps and sundry odd folk – took our minds … Continue reading
When I was a child tramps occasionally came by. None of them played fiddle. Rambling where you fancy was not always so carefree as our song would have you believe.
From my album Harbour Of Days.
From W B Whall’s Sea Songs and Shanties, 1920. The ship is HMS Hercule.
This ancient night-visiting song has just a hint remaining of the supernatural. The ship is Eye Of The Wind from classic-sailing.co.uk.
Whatever the realities of everyday life English folksong is populated by lusty people enjoying an eternal spring.
From English Folk-Songs for Schools, collected by Sabine Baring Gould and Cecil Sharp. The story of an astute young woman and the song’s chorus, intrigued me as a boy and still pleases me.
Everyone in our song is eager for a wedding, in contrast to Victorian society where proper ladies should not be enthusiastic. The one in our picture clearly shows reluctance bordering on distaste for the whole unpleasant business.