The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24241   Message #276683
Posted By: Ferrara
13-Aug-00 - 12:37 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Dancing at Whitsun
Subject: RE: Dancing at Whitsun
In the For What It's Worth department, I've always sung the start of the second verse as:

The fields they stand empty, the hedges grow free-- No young men to turn them, or pastures o'er see

where I took "o'er see" to mean "oversee" or "tend."

That is, the young men would trim hedges, plow or turn and plant the fields, but they would simply tend the pastures and watch the flocks or herds there.

Sounds as if this was not the original words but I still like it....