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GUEST,penny 20 Jan 07 - 03:01 AM
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Subject: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST,penny
Date: 20 Jan 07 - 03:01 AM

Hi I have recently learnt a song called Matt Hyland - trad. Irish. Just wondering if anyone knows the origins of this song?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST,Terry McDonald
Date: 20 Jan 07 - 05:07 AM

If you go to Watersoncarthy.com, click on albums and choose But Two Came By, you'll find Martin's brief explanation of how he found the song.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST,John Moulden
Date: 20 Jan 07 - 05:02 PM

Cathal McConnell learned this song from a singer called Tommy MacDermott, who has just himself, at a fairly advanced age, made a cd. Cathal performed it on a Mercier Press (Cork) LP which was later republished by Topic. It was called "The Irish Jubillee" and he made it with Robin Morton (I wrote the sleeve notes). That, so far as I know was its earliest introduction to the 'folk scene' though it was widespread on Irish ballad sheets of the latter half of the nineteenth century and has been collected in USA as "Young Martiland". A version, sung by Liz Jefferies, is on one of the Topic "Voice of the People" series.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 20 Jan 07 - 09:58 PM

Broadsides issued by Armstrong of Liverpool (1820-1824) and Birmingham of Dublin (c.1867) can be seen at  Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, together with another of unknown provenance:

Young Mat Hyland / Mat Hyland / Young Matisland

Robin Morton printed a set from Sandy McConnell of Bellanaleek, Co Fermanagh, in Folksongs Sung in Ulster, 1970, 1-2, and commented that its had "become increasingly popular ... since Tommy McDermott, from Co Fermanagh, sang it in the ballad competition the year he won the All-Ireland championship. In fact it seems to be sung traditionally only in south-west Ulster."

Jim Carroll and Pat MacKenzie got a couple of sets in the 1970s (Jim posts here sometimes; perhaps he will comment too), and a few other examples are listed in the Roud Folk Song Index: number 2880. Evidently Joe Heaney knew it, but I don't know if he ever recorded it.

It does seem to have been a fairly scarce song in tradition (although its rarity in collections doesn't necessarily mean that it was not more widely known in reality), though it became very popular in the Revival for a while. Presumably it originated in the broadside press of the earlyish C19, though I'd imagine that the rather grand tune is older. I'd be interested in anything anybody might have to add on the subject of the tune; I feel as if I ought to recognise it from somewhere else as well, but I can't put a finger on it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jan 07 - 01:04 PM

We recorded it several times from Irish Travellers; Andy Cash from Wexford was the only one to have a full set of it.
Peggy McMahon of Mullagh, West Clare gave it to us more recently.
It's very popular here in Ireland, hadn't realised until I checked on Roud that there were so few recorded traditional versions, though I was aware of it's popularity in the revival.
I find it a strange song - as Malcolm says, a very grand tune, but the narrative has always struck me as somewhat bland.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 21 Jan 07 - 01:20 PM

somewhat bland

. . . and ever so whingey. Like the wuss couldn't even think of pushing off cos he hadn't had his wages. So she gives him 50 guineas in bright gold 'and that's far more than father owes you . . . ' I mean, it ain't Lord Bateman, is it?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Little Robyn
Date: 21 Jan 07 - 01:49 PM

Forget the words. Tony Rose made it sound luverly!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST,penny
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 08:13 AM

Thanks guys - this is helpful. I agree that the words are not the most inspiring, but there are some nice versions of it out there. I first heard it at a session in Ireland when i was trying to trace some family history (the Hylands are in my family background) and i was hoping to find out if it directly related to my family or if it was just a coincidence?

It's probably too many years ago for anyone to know the real answer.........


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Declan
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 01:53 PM

The first person I heard sining this song was Al O'Donnell who did a lovely version.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 02:09 PM

Al O'Donnell's rendition certainly was excellent. Threadhopping shamelessly, I did wonder about his complete airbrushing from Folk Hibernia. Al's early career had certain parallels with those of Luke Kelly and Christy Moore who were very much part of the UK folk scene in the 1960s. All returned to Ireland in the early 1970s: Christy to form Planxty, Luke to hook up again with Ronnie Drew and become a Dubliner, but Al to work at RTE. Now that he has retired, there have been whispers that he might tour again. Anyone know anything?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Barry Finn
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 02:38 PM

It's been so long since I fist learnt this that I can't remember where I got it from (I haven't song it in years) thanks for bringing it up I'll have to renew myself with it. I've always loved the song except for the verse where he (I do agree) "whines" about his money. Not a very romantic act & I've often wondered if it wasn't a poor add-on. If it were left up to 'the folk' I think that verse would've disapeared with just a little more time. I think Jean Redpath did this (recorded) in the late 70's early 80's, I never liked her rendition of it though, it soundede like a parlour song when she did it.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Declan
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 02:39 PM

He has done a few gigs around Dublin. I haven't been but I've heard good reports. There was an Al thread here a while back and his son (I think) was providing information on upcoming gigs.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST,Guest: Hempsey
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 03:00 PM

What do you mean he was whining about having to depart without his wages. Sounds like a good trade unionist to me.

Hempsey.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 03:25 PM

I saw Al O'Donnell play at the Cobblestone (Dublin) during the Summer. He had some nice songs, in particular a few dealing with 1798, but there was hardly anyone there. Very few of the crowd I play with in Dublin sessions have even heard of him, which is a pity. I suppose he's been off the scene too long...

I learned this song from Gerry Crilly, years ago. He's still on the go, plays O'D's on Monday nights.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST,John Moulden
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 05:33 PM

The lines that say:

"Oh must I go away," he said, "Oh must I go without my wages",
"Without a penny in my purse, just like a poor forlorn stranger."

have to be read in the context of the hiring system of the agricultural labour market in 19th and early 20th century Ireland (and Scotland too and much or northern England) where a labourer was bound to a farmer for six months in exchange for an agreed wage which was paid only at the end of the period. Leaving early meant the loss of, in this case (because the couple needed time to get to know one another) approaching half a years money. I think that's no small matter and worth whingeing about. Hiring was an iniquitous system which met its end with the Second World War and the Agricultural Workers' Wages Board. I remember hearing that Joe Holmes (Len Graham's singing partner who died in 1979), who had hired, remarked that he had never had a decant week's pay till that man Hitler came along.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Barry Finn
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 06:32 PM

Thanks for that John, it does lend a little more to his whining character. I guess some of us would like to sing of folks with more heart than pocket, however unrealistic.

Maybe "Must I leave without my love, I care not for my wages" would've been a bit more likeable even if not as practical.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Gulliver
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 06:39 PM

Ooops, lost my cookie--that last Guest comment about Al O'Donnell was me...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Don Firth
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 07:37 PM

I really like the song, and I was about to learn it. But that one verse sort of put me off my jam and bread. I can sympantize with the poor sod's situation, but his making an issue of it tends to spoil the romance of the thing.

I moved on to learn "Jock o'Hazeldean." Now, there's a chick who doesn't just sit there and let herself be pushed around. Way to go, girl!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Barry Finn
Date: 22 Jan 07 - 07:43 PM

Yes Don, I just never could stand to add that verse when I was singing it.

Ya, the last verse in JO'H is as much the balls to that song as the other verse in MH is a loss of balls to itself.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST,John Moulden
Date: 23 Jan 07 - 02:23 PM

What would it mean to you to be turned off your job and lose half a years pay? That statement is not comparing like with like but is a bit more realistic than invoking romance, which in any case is a luxury of the middle class. These hired workers were poor people, living on or below the breadline. I've recently read "The Dillen" by Angela Hewins. That gives a view of what the English labouring poor went through in the late 19th early 20th century. Their lives were easily as bad as the Irish poor.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST,Gerry Doyle (17 Feb 2015)
Date: 21 Feb 15 - 05:55 PM

Hyland is a surname in Mourne, County Down, and i heard a version that mentioned the river Bann. The upper Bann rises in the Mourne Mountains and the song is popular in Down.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST,Ron Adams
Date: 20 Feb 17 - 04:36 AM

I'm doing a gig at Aylesbury Rotary tonight with a romantic theme and put Matt Hyland in. I then thought I'd look on Mudcat to see what people know about, so thanks everybody....seriously. I don't think, though,that I'll give them a lecture on all this. :)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: rich-joy
Date: 21 Feb 17 - 12:47 AM

I can never think of this song (Roud 2880), without hearing the glorious voice of ARCHIE FISHER!
Both he and Martin Carthy recorded it on their 1968 albums; Archie's being the self-titled one for Transatlantic (XTRA 1070), and to this day, one of my all-time faves! :) :) :)

Cheers,
R-J

https://mainlynorfolk.info/martin.carthy/songs/matthyland.html


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 21 Feb 17 - 10:01 PM

First encountered Matt Hyland on Archie Fisher's debut LP, which I practically wore out. The album seemed to disappear into the Dave Bulmer abyss for years, with the occasional spotting of allegedly CD-R versions.

Just came across this on Amazon, available March 3rd 2017, £11.90 + £1.26 unless you spend £20

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Archie-Fisher/dp/B01N2WJ5CO/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1487730483&sr=8-3&keywords=archie+fisher

Released on the Chariot Records label, also available from Proper Records Distribution from Friday 24th February 2017, £10.49 post free.

http://www.propermusic.com/label/Chariot-Records-6048

I cannot recommend this album highly enough. The choice of songs is excellent, while the musical arrangements are as tasteful as you could wish for.

Other Archie Fisher and Barbara Dickson albums also appear to have been recently re-released by Chariot Records.

Ross


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 22 Feb 17 - 06:06 AM

One of my favourite songs, I love the line where he asks 'must I go without my wages' has his priorities right eh! A friend in Dublin told me it was influenced by Romeo & Juliet and that the happy ending last verse is a late addition from an original version


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Nov 18 - 08:02 AM

Just for the record (sorry about the pun), there's also a recording of Alex Campbell singing Matt Hyland -- I need to fish it out and take a look, but I suspect from the late 1960s or early 1970s. He does a good job.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland origins??
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 03 Nov 18 - 05:30 PM

I agree that it has a good tune but I've never had a very high opinion of the words, especially the ending where "they made a lord of young Matt Hyland". A change of heart on the father's part is just about plausible, and presumably would be accompanied by a good wad of cash and/or a better job than the original one as a servant, but making him a lord?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Matt Hyland
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Nov 18 - 07:05 PM

Not a whole lot in the Traditional Ballad Index:

Matt Hyland

DESCRIPTION: A lord's daughter loves Matt. "But when her parents came to know, They swore they'd drive him from this island." The girl bids Matt flee before he is transported. Eventually her father relents, and she bids him come home to marry her
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian 2806 c.18(344))
KEYWORDS: nobility love separation exile transportation servant
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South)) Ireland US(NE) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Morton-Ulster 1, "Matt Hyland" (1 text, 1 tune)
Beck-Maine, pp.95-97, "Mathireland" (1 text, 1 tune, a composite with the first two verses and the tune from Maine, the rest from Newfoundland)
DT, MATTHYL

Roud #2880
RECORDINGS:
Din Dobbin, "Matt Ireland" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
John James, "Matt Ireland" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Liz Jefferies, "Matt Highland" (on Voice06)

BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, 2806 c.18(344), "Young Mat Hyland," W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also 2806 b.9(235), 2806 c.15(139), "Mat Hyland"
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Young M'Tyre" (plot)
cf. "Erin's Lovely Home" [Laws M6] (plot)
cf. "Henry Connors" [Laws M5] (plot)
cf. "Richie Story" [Child 232] (plot)
cf. "The Kitchie-Boy" [Child 252] (plot)
NOTES [186 words]: This song has been claimed by Irish and Scottish sources, and I've also heard it sung by English singers. Interestingly, all the versions are very close, suggesting there is some single, recent source. This theory is supported by the ornate language, so atypical of traditional song. But no one seems to know what the source is.
There are several broadsides, at least one dated c. 1825 (though such datings are notoriously unreliable), entitled "Mat Hyland" or "Young Mat Hyland." None match the traditional text commonly sung; they are without exception wordier and poorer poetry. Still, they provide a strong indication that the song originated as a broadside -- though these prints (e.g. in the Bodleian collection) are probably not the original source, as no tune seems to be indicated!
In addition, a manuscript volume called "Songs and Ballads in use in the Province of Ulster...1845" is said by Hugh Shields to contain a version of the song, but I do not know if the dating of the volume is considered reliable. Still, there seems no doubt that the song was in existence by the early nineteenth century. - RBW
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There are two versions in the Digital Tradition.

MATT HYLAND (DT Version 1)

There lived a lord within this land
Who had a fair and lovely daughter
She was courted by a nice young man
Who was a servant to her father
But when her parents came to know
They swore they'd drive him from the island
But this maid she knew that her heart would break
If she should part from young Matt Hyland

Straightway into his room she goes
Into his room him to awaken
Saying, "Arise and go, my own true love
This very night you will be taken
For I have heard my father say
In spite of me he will transport you
So arise and go, my own true love
I wish to God I'd gone before you"

"Ah, must I go," the young man said
"Ah, must I go without my wages
With ne'er a penny in my purse
Just like some poor forlorn stranger?"
"Here's fifty guineas in bright gold
And that's far more than father owes you
So arise and go, my own true love
I wish to God I'd gone before you"

They both sat down upon the bed
Just side by side for one half hour
And ne'er a word did either say
Yet down their cheeks the tears did shower
She's laid her head all on his breast
Round his waist her arms entwined
"No lord or duke or earl I'll wed
I'll wait for you my Young Matt Hyland"

The lord discussed with his daughter dear
One night alone in her bedchamber
Saying, "I'll give you leave to bring him back
Since there are none you style above him"
She wrote a letter then in haste
Still for him her heart entwined
She's brought him back, to the church they went
She's made a lord of young Matt Hyland

@courtship
sung by Jean Redpath, Frank Harte
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This first version is an near-exact transription of the Jean Redpath recording on her Folk-Legacy album, Frae My Ain Countrie.
Here's a recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-CJDP1q-Hs (may not play outside US.)
MATT HYLAND 2 (DT)

There was a lord lived in the North
who had a very lovely daughter
She was courted by a handsome man
who was a servant to her father
But when her parents came to know
they swore they'd ban him from the island
The maid she knew her heart would break
had she to part with youg Mat Hyland

So straightaway to her love she went
and then into her room to wake him
Saying rise my love and go away
this very night you will be taken
I overheard my parents say
in spite of me they would transport you
So rise my love and go away
I wish to God I'd gone before you

They both sat down upon the bed
all for the sight of one another
And not one word did either speak
till down her cheeks the tears did shower
She lay her head upon his breast
around his neck her arms entwined then
Not a duke nor lord nor earl I'll wed.
I'll wait for you my own Mat Hyland

How can I go away my love?
How can I leave without my wages?
Without one penny of my own
just like some low and lonesome vagrant
Here's 20 guineas in bright gold.
That's far much more than father owes you.
So take it love and go away.
You know right well I do adore you

'Tis then these lovers severed were,
That he might elude transportation;
Since he was gone, perhaps fore'er,
Her sad heart knew no consolation;
As days passed by, she then began
To roam the groves alone and slighted;
And, in her grief, she cried aloud,
"Send back, send back my own Matt Hyland."


The lord conversed with his daughter fair
one night above in her bed chamber
I'll give you leave to bring him back
since there's no one can win your favour
She wrote a letter then in haste
for him her heart was still repining
They brought him back, to the church they went
and made a lord of young Mat Hyland


from a lovely singer from Loughrae, Co. Galway, Ireland named Tony Callanan. Fi
fth verse from Frank Harte.

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Subject: ADD Version: Matt Hyland
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Nov 18 - 08:21 PM

There are a number of broadsides at Bodleian, but they all seem more-or-less the same. This one is identified as 07290

MAT HYLAND

There was a Lord lived in this town,
He had a handsome comely daughter,
Who fell in love with a young man,
That was a servant to her father,
And when the Lord he came her,
He swore he'd make him quit the Island,
The lady said her heart would break,
If she'd part with young Mat Hyland.

The Lord discours'd his lady fair,
One night within his lonely chamber,
He said young Hyland I will transport,
For my child she stands in danger;
The lady fair in anguish lay,
With grief oppressed she was repining;
She says my father I will deceive,
And protect my young Mat Hyland.

Straight she went to her true love,
Commanding him for to awaken,
Arise my dear and go your way,
For this night you will be taken,
Last night I heard my father say,
In spite of fate he would transport you,
So rise my dear before it's day,
You know my darling I adore you.

They both sat down on the bedside,
For the space of half an hour,
Not one word the couple said,
But down their cheeks the tears did pour,
She laid her head against his breast,
And round his neck her arms entwined,
She says no Duke nor Lord I'll wed,
Since I must part with you Mat Hyland.

Must I go my dear he says,
Like a poor forlorn stranger,
And must I leave my servitude,
Or will I go without my wages,
Here's fifty pounds in ready gold,
And that is more than my father owes you,
So rise my dear before it's day,
I wish to God I went before you.

When Mat Hyland the purse received,
The (sic) kissed shook hands and so they parted,
She says that you are gone from me,
In sorrow to leave me broken hearted,
She turned then into her room,
And for some time she lay repining,
She says no Duke nor Lord I'll wed,
Since you're gone from me Mat Hyland.

The Lord he said to his daughter fair,
I did not know how dear you loved him,
I will give you leave to bring him home,
Since there's no one you'd stile above him,
She wrote a letter off with speed,
To him her heart it was inclined,
To the church this couple went,
And she made a lord of young Mat Hyland


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Subject: ADD Version: Matt Hyland
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Nov 18 - 08:52 PM

Here's another broadside from Bodleian, just a bit different (and a bit more clear). It's identified as number 11995.

MAT HYLAND

There was a lord lived in this town,
He had a handsome comely daughter,
Who fell in love with a young man,
He was a servant to her father,
But when the lord he came to hear,
He swore he'd make him quit the island,
And the lady felt her heart would break,
If she would part with young Mat Hyland.

The Lord discoursed the lady fair,
One night within her lonely chamber,
Saying, young Hyland I'll transport afar,
I'm afraid my child she stands in danger;
This lady gay in ambush lay,
With grief oppressed she lay repining;
She says, my father I'll deceive,
And I'll protect my own Mat Hyland.

Straight she went to her true love,
Demanding him for to awaken,
Arise, my dear, and go away,
For this very night you will be taken,
Last night I heard my father say,
In spite of fate he would transport you,
So rise, my dear, before 'tis day,
You know, my darling, I adore you.

How can I go, my dear, he says,
Like a poor forlorn stranger,
Must I leave my servitude,
Or will I go without my wages,
Here's fifty guineas in bright gold,
That's more than all my father owes you,
So rise, my dear, and go your way,
And I wish to God I went before you.

When Mat Hyland the purse received,
They kissed, shook hands, and parted,
She says, Mat, you're going from me,
In sorrow to leave me broken-hearted.
She turned then into her room,
And for some time she lay repining,
She says, no duke nor lord I'll wed,
Since you are gone from me, Mat Hyland.

The lord he said to his daughter fair,
I did not know how dear you loved him,
I will give you leave to bring him here,
Since there is none you style above him,
She wrote a letter off with speed,
To him her heart it was inclined,
Then to church this couple went,
And she made a lord of young Mat Hyland.


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Subject: ADD Version: Young Matisland/Matt Hyland
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Nov 18 - 09:27 PM

Here's one last broadside from Bodleian, significantly different \. It's identified as number 10399.


YOUNG MATISLAND

There was a lord liv'd in this town,
   Who had a handsome comely daughter,
She fell in love with a young man,
   That was a servant to her father,
When the lord he came to hear,
   He swore he'd make him quit the island,
The lady said, her heart would break,
   If she must part with young Matisland.

The lord discours'd this lady gay,
   One night within her silent chamber,
He said, young Island I'll transport,
   I fear my child she is in danger.
This lady gay in anguish lay,
   With grief upon her bed repining;
She said my father I'll deceive,
   And so protect my young Matisland.

Straightway she went to her lover's room,
   Demanding him for to awaken,
Arise, said she, and go away,
   Or this night you'll be taken,
Last night I heard my father say,
   In spite of fate he would transport you,
Arise, said she, and go away,
   You know my darling I adore you.

They both sat down on the bed-side,
   For the space of one half hour,
And not a word this couple said,
   But down their cheeks the tears did pour;
She laid her hand against his breast,
   Around his neck her arms entwin'd,
She said no lord or duke I'll wed,
   Since you are going from me Matisland.

How will I go, my dear, said he,
   Like a poor forlorn stranger,
Or must I leave my servitude,
   Or will I go without my wages,
Here's fifty guineas in ready gold,
   That is more than my father owes you,
Arise, said she, and go away,
   I wish to God I had gone for you.

When Matisland the purse receiv'd,
   They kissed, shook hands, and so departed,
She said, Mat, you're going from me,
   And leave me hear (sic) broken hearted.
She returned unto her room,
   And for sometime she lay repining,
And said no lord nor duke I'll wed,
   Since you have left me, Matisland.

The lord he said to, his daughter fair,
   I did not know how dear you loved him,
I give you leave to bring him back,
   As there is none you stile above him,
She wrote a letter off with speed,
   And still her heart it was inclined,
To church the loving couple went,
   And made a lord of young Matisland.


All three of these broadside versions have flaws. But put together, they make a good song. So, here's Joe's Broadside Conflagration:

YOUNG MATT HYLAND

There was a lord liv'd in this town,
   Who had a handsome comely daughter,
She fell in love with a young man,
   Who was a servant to her father,
When the lord he came to hear,
   He swore he'd make him quit the island,
The lady said, her heart would break,
   If she must part with young Matt Hyland.

The Lord discours'd this lady gay,
   One night within her lonely chamber,
He said, young Hyland I'll transport,
   I fear my child she stands in danger.
This lady gay in anguish lay,
   With grief upon her bed repining;
She said my father I'll deceive,
   And so protect my young Matt Hyland.

Straightway she went to her lover's room,
   Demanding him for to awaken,
Arise, said she, and go away,
   For this very night you will be taken.
Last night I heard my father say,
   In spite of fate he would transport you,
Arise, said she, and go away,
   You know my darling I adore you.

They both sat down on the bed-side,
   For the space of one half hour,
And not a word this couple said,
   But down their cheeks, the tears did shower.
She laid her head against his breast,
   Around his neck her arms entwin'd,
She said no lord or duke I'll wed,
   Since you are going from me Matt Hyland.

How can I go, my dear, said he,
   Like a poor forlorn stranger?
Or must I leave my servitude,
   Or will I go without my wages?
Here's fifty guineas in ready gold,
   That's more than all my father owes you,
Arise, said she, and go away,
   I wish to God I went before you.

When Matt Hyland the purse receiv'd,
   They kissed, shook hands, and so departed,
She said, my dear, you're going from me,
   In sorrow to leave me broken-hearted.
She returned unto her room,
   And for some time she lay repining,
And said no lord nor duke I'll wed,
   Since you are gone from me, Matt Hyland.

The lord he said to his daughter fair,
   I did not know how dear you loved him,
I give you leave to bring him back,
   As there is none you style above him,
She wrote a letter off with speed,
   To him her heart it was inclined,
To church the loving couple went,
   And made a lord of young Matt Hyland.


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Subject: ADD Version: Matt Hyland
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Nov 18 - 10:21 PM

MATT HYLAND

There was a lord lived in this town,
   Who had a handsome comely daughter,
Was courted by a fair young man,
   Who was a servant to her father,
But when her parents came to know,
   They vowed they'd make him leave the island,
This lady knew her heart would break,
   Had she to part with young Matt Hyland.

The lord discoursed with his dear wife fair,
   One night alone in their bed-chamber,
'Matt Hyland I will send afar,
   I fear my child doth stand in danger.'
This lady gay in ambush lay,
   While deep depressed she lay repining;
'My father I will him deceive,
   Won't I protect my own Matt Hyland.'

Straightway off to her love she went,
   And ordered him for to awaken,
Saying 'arise my dear and go your way,
   For this night you will be taken.
Last night I heard my father say,
   In spite of fate he would transport you,
So arise my dear and leave this place,
   For you know right well I do adore you.'

'Oh, must I go away,' he said,
   'Oh, must I go without my wages,
Without a shilling in my purse,
   Just like a poor forlorn stranger?'
'Here's fifty shillings in bright gold,
   Ain't that far more than my father owes you,
So arise, said she, and go your way,
   For I wish to God I'd gone before you.'

'Twas on a bank they both sat down,
   Just for the space of one half hour,
And not a word either speak,
   But down their cheeks the tears did pour.
She laid her head upon his breast,
   Around his neck her arms entwined them,
'No lord nor duke nor earl I'll wed,
   I'll wait for you, my own Matt Hyland.'

The lord surveyed his daughter's plight,
   One night alone as she lay crying,
'I will give you leave to bring him back,
   since there's none you style above him.'
She wrote a letter then in haste,
   For him her heart was still repining,
She brought him back, to the church they went,
   And she made a lord of young Matt Hyland.

Notes: Here's a song that has become increasingly popular during recent years, since Tommy McDermott, from Co. Fermanagh, sang it in the ballad competition the year he won the all-Ireland championship. In fact it seems to be sung traditionally only in south-west Ulster. The story of the parents of a 'high-born' young lady, attempting to foil her marrying a man of 'lower degree' is a favourite one of these islands. There are many songs with a similar theme, though the ending is by no means as happy as in this song. Just one personal observation — I have always thought that the young man was a little too interested in the material things of life (verse 4). However, with such a beautiful air I refuse to countenance a marriage of anything but true minds.

Source: Folksongs Sung in Ulster, compiled by Robin Morton (Mercier, 1970). Song #1, pages 1-2. Melody MIDI available upon request.


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Subject: ADD Version: Matt Highland
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Nov 18 - 11:12 PM

One more. This was sung by Liz Jefferies, recorded by Barry & Chris Morgan in their home in Bristol in September 1976.
Voice of the People Volume 6, Tonight I'll Make You My Bride, Track 13 (from the CD booklet)

MATT HIGHLAND

There was a lord lived in the town,
He had one handsome, comely daughter,
Who fell in love with a fair young man,
He being a servant to her father,
But when her parents came to know,
They swore they’d banish him from the island,
But the maid she knew her heart was true,
For she loved no one but young Matt Highland.

So straightaway to her love she went
Into his room for to awake him,
Saying, “Arise, my love, and go away.
This very night you will be taken.
I overheard my parents say
In spite of me they would transport you.
So arise, my love, and go away.
I wish to God I’d gone before you.”

They both sat down upon the bed
Just for the size of one half-hour,
And not a word did either speak,
But down her cheeks the tears did shower.
She laid her head upon his breast
And around his neck her arms she did twine them,
Saying, “No lord or duke will I e’er wed,
But I’ll wait for you, my own Matt Highland.”

The lord discussed with his daughter fair
One night alone in her bedchamber,
Saying, “I’ll give you leave to bring him back,
Since there’s no one can win your favour.”
She wrote away to him in haste,
For him her heart it was truly pining.
She brought him to the church; they wed
And she made a lord of young Matt Highland.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EIq5BaL3QQ (may not play outside the U.S.)

Andy M. Steward recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF89Z2nbFMk


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