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Lyr Req: The Robin's Last Will

GUEST,nancyjo 25 Aug 03 - 10:44 AM
Malcolm Douglas 25 Aug 03 - 11:38 AM
Sorcha 25 Aug 03 - 11:56 AM
Malcolm Douglas 25 Aug 03 - 12:18 PM
Sorcha 25 Aug 03 - 01:45 PM
nancyjo 25 Aug 03 - 02:10 PM
GUEST,Anne 10 Aug 08 - 04:35 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 10 Aug 08 - 04:52 PM
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GUEST,Lighter 10 Aug 08 - 05:41 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Scottish folk tune
From: GUEST,nancyjo
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 10:44 AM

I'm looking for the lyrics to a Scottish folk tune that the patron thinks starts like this:

As I came up to Garrick,
just by the bridge of Dee,
i a saw a little robin
a'sittin in a tree.


I did a keyword search in mudcat for Garrick, but only came up with the composer David. Anyone know this tune? Thanks.

nancyjo


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ROBIN'S LAST WILL
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 11:38 AM

It's fairly old, and known by a number of titles. Found mainly in Scotland, it appears, but also in the North of England. There are several texts in the Digital Tradition database:  Robin Redbriest's Testament.  They don't include the fragement you quoted, though; here is a set from Northumberland which does:


THE ROBIN'S LAST WILL

(From the Mitford family, Northumberland. M. H. Mason, Nursery Rhymes and Country Songs, 1909)

As I cam' past by Garrick,
And by the brig o' Dee,
I saw a little robin,
Sitting on a tree.
Tooraloo, tooraloo,
Tooraloora tooraloo
.

I said, "My pretty robin,
Hoo lang hae ye sat here?"
He said, "I've lived upon this tree
These four and twenty year."
Tooraloo &c.

"I'm going to mak' my testament
Just here upon this tree,
I'm going to mak' my testament
This day before I dee."
Tooraloo &c.

"I'll give my pretty head,
It is baith round and sma',
Unto the boys o' Garrick,
To play at the foot-ba'."
Tooraloo &c.

I'll give my pretty legs,
They are baith slim and ta',
Unto the brig o' Garrick:
I hear it's going to fa'."
Tooraloo &c.

As little Robin ended,
He shut his pretty eyes,
And doon he dropped unto the groond,
Never more to rise.
Tooraloo, tooraloo,
Tooraloora tooraloo
.


Number 3900 in the Roud Folk Song Index.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Scottish folk tune
From: Sorcha
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 11:56 AM

Yo, Malcolm, tune?


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Subject: Tune Add: THE ROBIN'S LAST WILL
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 12:18 PM

All in good time...

X:1
T:The Robin's Last Will
S:Mitford family, Northumberland.
B:M. H. Mason, Nursery Rhymes and Country Songs, 1909
N:Roud 3900
L:1/8
Q:1/4=100
M:6/8
K:A
E|A2 A B2 c|A3 E2 E|A2 A B2 c|A3 z2
w:As I cam' past by Gar-rick, And by the brig o' Dee,
E|A2 A B2 c|A3 E3|F2 E C2 E|E2 z
w:I saw a lit-tle rob-in, Sit-ting on a tree.
E2 F|=G3 B2 G|F3 A2 F|E2 E F2 A|A3-HA2|]
w:Too-ra-loo, too-ra-loo, Too-ra-loo-ra too-ra-loo.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Scottish folk tune
From: Sorcha
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 01:45 PM

LOL! (just keeping Mario off your case.......)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Scottish folk tune
From: nancyjo
Date: 25 Aug 03 - 02:10 PM

Thanks so much! This is just what I needed. I did a search of the database, but since I didn't know the title I guess I didn't recognize it as being the answer when it came up.

I am not new to the Mudcat site, but I am new to being a poster. So I really appreciate the help and the promptness. I am a reference librarian and receive a fair number of lyric requests.

For repaying in kind, you might keep me in mind when searching for cowboy lyrics. I have a huge collection of cowboy music, with an emphasis on yodeling.

nancyjo


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ROBIN'S LAST WILL
From: GUEST,Anne
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 04:35 PM

This is extremely belated but felt I wanted to give you the lyrics as I know them.


THE ROBIN'S LAST WILL

As I came past by Garrick
And by the Brig o' Dee
I saw a little robin
Sitting on a tree
Too-ra-loo, too-re-loo
too-ra-loo-raloo ra-loo

I said, "My pretty robin,
How long ha' ye sat there?"
He said, "I've lived upon this tree
These four and twenty year".
Too-ra-loo etc

"I'm going to make my testament
This day before I dee.
I'm going to make my testament
Right here upon this tree."
too-ra-loo etc.

"I'll gi' my pretty head,
It is both round and sma',
Unto the boys of Garrick
To play at their footba'.
Too-ra-loo etc.

"I'll gi' my pretty legs,
They are both strong and ta',
Unto the Brig of Garrick.
I hear its goin' to fa'."
Too-ra-loo etc.

If there are further verses I'm afraid I don't know them


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Scottish folk tune
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 04:52 PM

Thanks, Anne. Any help is appreciated no matter when it comes in.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Scottish folk tune
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 05:24 PM

I was whistling the melody posted by Malcom some time back and ended up with Yankee Doodle. Anyone else hear it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Scottish folk tune
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 10 Aug 08 - 05:41 PM

Bird relative of Derby Ram


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Robin's Last Will
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Mar 15 - 06:52 AM

This tune has haunted me since early schooldays... it always, and even now was so sad it made me feel like crying. I could find no trace of it on internet until now.

I spied a little robin, twas on the brig o Dee.....
The little robin ended, and closed his tiny eyes,
and down upon the ground he fell, never more to rise.
Tooraloo tooraloo tooralooralooraloo.

Dinas Powys Primary School, Glamorgan 1950


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Robin's Last Will
From: GUEST,Pat
Date: 23 Jan 16 - 11:01 AM

This little song has been in my head since I was in elementary school some75 years ago. I too did not remember the last verse so am very grateful to the guest who filled me in.


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