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Lyr Req: Bleacher Lass o' Kelvinhaugh (Spinners)

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In Mudcat MIDIs:
Mo Růn Geal Děleas (Bleacher Lassie) (Mo Růn Geal Děleas Midi based on the notation in Alfred Moffat's Minstrelsy of the Scottish Highlands slightly modified to fit the DT text with all note values doubled to achieve the right tempo.)


Joec58 07 Aug 99 - 02:54 PM
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Ewan McVicar 08 Aug 99 - 05:51 AM
Joec58 14 Aug 99 - 01:56 PM
Susan A-R 14 Aug 99 - 09:51 PM
Joec58 06 Oct 99 - 02:53 PM
Malcolm Douglas 06 Oct 99 - 03:05 PM
polesden 10 Oct 99 - 01:46 PM
GUEST,Luc 13 Mar 08 - 12:42 AM
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Subject: Lyrics anyone?
From: Joec58
Date: 07 Aug 99 - 02:54 PM

I found this song on an album borrowed from a friend and loved it,really.The album was called An Hour With The Spinners In Concert. It was a traditional arrangement by the Spinners from the mid seventies.I can suss out most of it but some phrases are obviously proper names(places) and it be-fuddles me. OK,please! If anyone at all can help to fill in my word gaps,it would really help! I am determined to learn and play this song 'cos it is so good. Joe.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE BLEACHER LASSIE O' KELVIN HA'
From: bigJ
Date: 07 Aug 99 - 05:43 PM

I suspect that the Spinners' song came from a version recorded by Isobel Sutherland on a 10" LP a long time ago, when I get the chance I'll compare the two, but in the meantime here's the tenth version of 16 published in Vol 5 of The Greig-Duncan Folksong Collection.

THE BLEACHER LASSIE O' KELVIN HA'

As I went out one summer's evening,
As I went out by the Broomielaw,
'Twas there I saw a charming creature
She had cheeks like roses and skin like snaw.

I said, Fair maid, where are you going?
Or what do you do by the Broomielaw?
Indeed kind sir, I will plainly tell you,
I'm a bleacher lassie on Kelvinha'

O lassie. lassie, do you remember
On the ships that sailed by the Broomielaw
And the sailor laddies that a' gaed a-courtin'
The bleacher lassies on Kelvinha'

O yes, O yes, I do remember
On the ships that sailed by the Broomielaw
And the sailor laddies that a' got tipsy
For the bleacher lassies on Kelvinha'

O lassie, lassie, would ye go wi' me,
And I will busk ye in fine satin braw?
Indeed, kind sir, I will plainly tell you
I've a lad o' my ain but he's far awa'

'Tis seven long years since he went and left me,
It's seven long years since he went awa'
But another seven I'll wait upon him
And bleach a while on sweet Kelvinha'

O Lassie, lassie, ye are hard-hearted,
I wish your fair face I never saw,
For my heart, my heart, it lies a-bleeding,
For the bleacher lassie on Kelvinha'

So they've gone down to yonder tavern,
And they've drunk whisky a glass or twa
And they've drunk whisky till they've got tipsy,
And there he's wiled her poor heart awa'

And now this couple they've got married,
And keep an ale-house atween them twa,
And the sailor laddies they a' go a-drinking
For the bleacher lassies on Kelvinha'

(for some reason I feel that there should be a hint of a broken token somewhere but I can't find it at present) Source for this version was Miss Barbara Ingram.

In version M there's a verse 6 that goes:-

O lassie, lassie, Ye hae been faithful,
And thought on me when far awa'
True love will surely be rewarded,
We'll part nae mair on sweet Kelvinhaugh.
^^


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Spinners- Bleacher Lass O'Kelvinhau
From: Ewan McVicar
Date: 08 Aug 99 - 05:51 AM

Some singers say that the happy ending verses are a modern tacked -on weakening of the song.
Don't sing them if you don't want to.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Spinners- Bleacher Lass O'Kelvinhau
From: Joec58
Date: 14 Aug 99 - 01:56 PM

Apart from coming up with exactly what I asked for,I am secretly impressed at the response and I thank you gratefully!-Astonished at the knowledge of 'trad folk' about this site.Thankyou again! Joe.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Spinners- Bleacher Lass O'Kelvinhau
From: Susan A-R
Date: 14 Aug 99 - 09:51 PM

Reminds me of a song I shamelessly taped off the radio once, hence don't know the title, about a man who meets a maid a bleachin her claiths by the brays of Sttrath Blaine (sp??) Interesting story/song about playing hard to get. He asks her to marry him. She hems and haws about being too young, says no, then says yes, and he says, hmmm, I've re-thought this. Anyone have an idea who recorded this one??I recall enjoying the tune to it as well.

Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Spinners- Bleacher Lass O'Kelvinhau
From: Joec58
Date: 06 Oct 99 - 02:53 PM

To Sue A-R! Could be some connection Sue.However,I will be at Tanners this October(all being well) and I'll be doing this song (by the Spinners)anyway,plus a few more if they let me-hehe!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Spinners- Bleacher Lass O'Kelvinhau
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Oct 99 - 03:05 PM

Susan

"The Braes o' Strathblane": recorded by Ossian on "St. Kilda Wedding", and no doubt by others too.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Spinners- Bleacher Lass O'Kelvinhau
From: polesden
Date: 10 Oct 99 - 01:46 PM

and a very ggod job you made of it too, I was there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bleacher Lass o' Kelvinhaugh (Spinners)
From: GUEST,Luc
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 12:42 AM

Wow...an almost 10 years old topic..!!!

Does anyone have the exact lyrics of the song "The Braes o' Strathblane": recorded by Ossian on "St. Kilda Wedding" ???

                                       Thanks!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bleacher Lass o' Kelvinhaugh (Spinners)
From: GUEST,luc
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 12:58 AM

...a few minutes later...I finally found what I was lookin' for on this forum :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bleacher Lass o' Kelvinhaugh (Spinners)
From: GUEST,John mcintyre
Date: 02 May 16 - 01:56 PM

I heard this on a cassette from a charity shop! Thought it might work as a duet


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