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Lyr Req: Rose of Allendale

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Subject: Lyrics for Rose of Allendale?
From: Cyd
Date: 27 Jan 98 - 05:07 PM

I had the lyrics at one time, but need to find them again. The words are difficult to understand on the album I have. Thanks! Cyd


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for Rose of Allendale?
From: Barry
Date: 27 Jan 98 - 06:01 PM

Try a search under a different spelling Sweet Rose Of Allandale (not All e ndale), it's in there & a breif thread in the search fourm. Written by Dibden in 1776 and like many of his other pieces found a home at sea. Gale Huntington has it in 'Songs The Whaleman Sung', it's pretty close to what's in the DT (don't know if the music's close) except there's no refrain in Huntington, who also has close versions from the logs of 3 ships; the Cortes 1847, the Euphrasia 1849 & the Minervat Smythe 1852. From thejournal of the Nauticon 1848 comes another version called "Mary's Cot" exchanging kind letters & token rings & Mary leaving her Highland cot. From the Frances Henrietta 1835 comes the more remote version "The Beacon Light" Barry


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARY'S COT and THE BEACON LIGHT
From: Barry
Date: 27 Jan 98 - 08:03 PM

Huntington calls this a traditional version of The Rose Of Allendale. (it's spelled with an e ).

MARY'S COT

The morn was clear the morn serene
Not a breath came o're the sea
When Mary left her Highland cot
To wander forth with me

Come change your ring with me my love
Come change your ring with me
And that will be a token
Whilst I am on the sea

Whilst I am on the sea my love
Not knowing where I am
I'll write to you in letters
From a far & distant land>

For I have journeyed o're many lands
I have sailed on every sea
And Egypt's parching burning sands
No strangers are to me

the 'come change your ring with me' & 'I'll write (kind) letters', I wouldn't be surprised if Mary changed her name to Nancy.

THE BEACON LIGHT


Darkness was deepening on the seas
And still the hulk drove on
No sail to answer to the breeze
Mast & cordage gone
Gloomy & clear the course of fear
Each looked but for the grave
When full in sight the beacon light
Came streaming o're the wave

Then wildly rose the gladdening shout
Of all that hardy crew
Boldly they put the helm about
And through the surf they flew
Storms were forgot toil heeded not
And loud the cheer they gave
As full in sight the beacon light
Came streaming o'er the wave

And gaily oft the tale they told
When they were safe on shore
How hearts had sunk & hope grown cold
Amid the bellows roar
That not a star had shone afar
By its pale beam to save
When full in sight the beacon light
Came streaming o're the wave

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for Rose of Allendale?
From: Barry
Date: 27 Jan 98 - 10:30 PM

I'll have to try typing those two versions again tomorrow, can't figure why they didn't appear. Barry


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARY'S COT and THE BEACON LIGHT
From: Barry
Date: 27 Jan 98 - 10:50 PM

MARY'S COT

The morn was clear the morn serene
Not a breath came o're the sea
When Mary left her Highland cot
To wander forth with me

Come change your ring with me my love
Come change your ring with me
And that will be a token
Whilst I am on the sea

Whilst I am on the sea my love
Not knowing where I am
I'll write to you in letters
From a far & distant land

For I have journeyed o're many lands
I have sailed on every sea
And Egypt's parching burning sands
No strangers are to me.

I'm betting with the changing of rings & the writing of (kind) letters that Mary could pass herself off as Nancy.

THE BEACON LIGHT

Darkness was deepening on the seas
And still the hulk drove on
No sail to answer to the breeze
Mast & cordage gone
Gloomy & clear the course of fear
Each looked but for the grave
When full in sight the beacon light
Came streaming o're the wave

Then wildly rose thegladdening shout
Of all that hardy crew
Boldly they put the helm about
And through the surf they flew
Storms were forgot toil heeded not
And loud the cheer they gave
As full in sight the beacon light
Came streaming o're the wave

And gaily oft the tale they told
When they were safe on shore
How hearts had sunk & hope grown cold
Amid the bellows roar
That not a star had shone afar
By its pale beam to save
When full in sight the beacon light
Came streaming o're the wave.

Barry


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ROSE OF ALLENDALE (from Mary Black)
From: Les in MT
Date: 28 Jan 98 - 12:35 AM

Mary Black's version of this gives me cold chills - these lyrics are very close to what she does

The morn was fair, the skies were clear, no breath came o'er the sea,
when Mary left her highland home and wandered forth with me,
Though flowers decked the mountainside and fragrance filled the vale,
by far the sweetest flower there was the Rose of Allendale,

REFRAIN: was the Rose of Allendale, by far the sweetest flower there was the Rose of Allendale

Where'ere I wandered, east or west, though fate began to lour,
a solace still was she to me, In sorrows's lonely hour,
When tempests lashed our lonely barque, and rent her shivering sail,
one maiden form withstood the storm 'twas the Rose of Allendale

REFRAIN:

And when my fevered lips were parched on Afric's burning sands,
she whispered hopes of happiness, and tales of distant lands,
My life has been a wilderness, unblest by fortune's gale,
had fate not linked my lot to hers, the Rose of Allendale

REFRAIN:


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ROSE OF ALLENDALE (from L Morrissey)
From: Teru
Date: 02 Feb 98 - 06:48 PM

I don't know which genre of music this song belongs to. Anyway, Louise Morrissey sings this song in her CD "WHEN I WAS YOURS" (Ritz Productions, 1990) as below. The lyrics are almost the same as those by Mary Black.

1.
The sky was clear, the morning was fair, no breath came over the sea,
When Mary left her highland home and wandered forth with me,
Though flowers deck'd the mountainside and fragrance fill'd the vale,
By far the sweetest flower there was the Rose of Allendale.
Sweet Rose of Allendale, Sweet Rose of Allendale,
By far the sweetest flower there was the Rose of Allendale.

2.
Where'er I wandered East and West, and fate began to lour
One solace still was she to me in sorrow's lonely hour
Oh tempest lashed our lovely boat and rent her shiv'ring sail
One maiden form withstood the storm, was the Rose of Allendale.
Sweet Rose of Allendale, Sweet Rose of Allendale,
One maiden form withstood the storm, was the Rose of Allendale.

3.
And when my fevered lips were parched on Africa's burning sands
She whispered hopes of happiness, and tales of foreign lands,
My life has been a wilderness unblest by fortune's gale;
Had fate not linked my love to hers, Sweet Rose of Allendale.
Sweet Rose of Allendale, Sweet Rose of Allendale,
Had fate not linked my love to hers, Sweet Rose of Allendale.

By the way, according to Philip's School Atlas, Allendale is a name of a town in Northumberland, England. Is that right? Did Mary leave Highland, Scotland and go to Allendale?

Does anyone know more about this song?

Teru, Japan

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Subject: RE: Lyrics for Rose of Allendale?
From: Thomas
Date: 03 Aug 98 - 10:33 AM

Thanks to all folks on this website for their lyrics. I also was searching for the "rose of allendale" via search engine and this was the only site I could find (I used lycos)

Thomas, Munich (Germany)


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for Rose of Allendale?
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 26 Dec 99 - 11:59 PM

The Bodleian Library Broadside Collection  here has a number of examples of The Rose Of Allendale,  dated (tentatively) between 1819 and 1860.  Although a few small details of wording differ, they are all credited to "Charles Jeffrys" (sic).  No chorus is given; that may have come with the sheet music proper (I believe that copies are extant) or have been added later.  Since Dibdin's work was very well known at the time, that would seem to discount him as a possible author.  That is not to say, of course, that Jefferys may not have based his lyrics on earlier songs in the same genre, as mentioned above.  The Copper Family (A Song For Every Season, Leader Records LEA 4046, 1971) credit the song thus: "words by Charles Jefferys, music by S.Nelson."  If I recall correctly, Mary Black got the song from Nic Jones, who in turn had it from the Coppers.  Jones' recording of the song (with Banddogs) is probably where the "traditional" label crept in.  Interestingly, the tune as usually sung nowadays is apparantly based on a (general) mis-hearing of the Copper Family version; a line of harmony has been assumed to be a melody line.  A few years back, one of the UK folkmusic radio programmes broadcast a version taken directly from the original sheetmusic to demonstrate this.  Regrettably, I missed it, and so have no idea which part it was!  Jean Redpath's version, differing only by a few words and recorded on LOWLANDS, Philo Records PH1066, 1986 (in the database here) also gives the Jeffery (sic)/Nelson attribution, and mentions its publication in A Book Of Scottish Song (Blackie & Son, 1843).  Presumably it was written a bit earlier than that; I'd be very interested to hear any further information anyone may have.  Allendale is in Hexhamshire, Northumberland (England), by the way.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for Rose of Allendale?
From: kendall
Date: 27 Dec 99 - 09:16 AM

I first heard this done by the Corries in Scotland, but, they drove it right along. Mary Black did it in 3/4 time and that makes it prettier.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for Rose of Allendale?
From: Ralf Weihrauch
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 07:13 AM

Do not forget the Copper Familys Version. It is by far the most beautiful I have heard.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics for Rose of Allendale?
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 28 Dec 99 - 12:27 PM

Thanks to "Anonymous" on another thread, I've just now located sheet music.  It's at the Levy Sheet Music Collection -search for "allandale" (spelt with an "a").  There are .jpgs of three editions, printed in New York and Baltimore (no dates) with piano accompaniment.  I still don't know where the song originated, but if it were an American composition, that might explain the curious placing of Allandale/Allendale in the Highlands.  Possibly some confusion with the River Annan in Dumfries?

Malcolm


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