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Thread #80985   Message #1480065
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
07-May-05 - 12:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lowlands Low (Warde Ford, Child #286)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: warde ford's lowlands low (#286)
Links might help. "California Gold" (the Sidney Robertson Cowell collection) is at

Warde Ford's recording is at  The Lowlands Low

The word is difficult to make out; largely, I suspect, because Mr Ford didn't know what it was supposed to be and just sang what he remembered it as having sounded like. That happens a lot with this song, so that singers will have it as "gallilee", "revillie", "sugarlee" and all manner of things. It may well be that Mr Ford's word is a garbled form of "levantier", but he didn't actually sing that. Unless it was written down at the time, we'll never know what he thought it was.