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Thread #111362   Message #2344341
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
19-May-08 - 09:56 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Pendle, oh Pendle / Old Pendle
Subject: Origins: Pendle, oh Pendle
Spent much of yesterday motoring around rural Lancashire to the accompaniment of Dolly Parton's 2002 masterpiece Halos & Horns; turned up some very singular carvings in the church of St. Bartholomew in Chipping & chanced upon the splendid Bowland Wild Boar Park on the banks of The Hodder wherein a memory was sparked of a song sung by our old oppo Frank Williamson up at The Durham Folk Club. A search on Mudcat proved fruitless, but a search on Google turned up the following:

Oh Pendle.....

....oh Pendle, thou standest alone,
Twixt Burnley and Clitheroe, Whalley and Colne,
Where Hodder and Ribble's fair waters do meet,
With Barley and Downham content at thy feet.

Oh Pendle, oh Pendle, majestic, sublime,
Thy praises will ring till the end of all time,
Thy beauty eternal, thy banner unfurled,
Thou dearest and grandest old hill in the world.

And when witches fly on a cold winter's night,
You must not tell a soul, and you'll bolt the door tight,
You'll sit by the fireside and keep yourself warm,
Until once again you can walk in her arms.

Oh Pendle, Oh Pendle, o'er moorland and fell,
In glorious loveliness ever to dwell,
Through life's fateful journey where e'er we may be,
We'll cease in our labours and oft think of thee.

....Traditional song.

Click HERE to see it in context.

Traditional? I have my doubts, but if anyone would care to enlighten me either way...