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Thread #33970   Message #3386178
Posted By: Joe Offer
04-Aug-12 - 05:34 PM
Thread Name: Help: Windmill by Alan Bell
Subject: DT Correction: Windmills (Alan Bell)
S&R sent me a fully-corrected transcription of the song, and I'd like to submit it to the Digital Tradition as a correction. Any additions before I submit it?
Thank you very much, Stu.
-Joe Offer-


My post was a correction of the Digitrad. I only corrected words. This is checked for punctuation against two versions Alan published; one in 'the Taverners Songbook'   and one in 'the Alan Bell Songbook', a later publication. The first used "blackened' thelater one used 'blacked' which is what Alan sings

(Alan Bell)

In days gone by when the world was much younger,
Men harnessed the wind to work for mankind.
Seamen built ships to sail on the ocean,
Landsmen built windmills the corn for to grind.

   It's around, and around, and around went the big sails,
   Turning the shafts and the great wooden wheels.
   Creaking and groaning, the millstone kept turning
   Grinding to flour, the good corn from the fields.

Through Flanders and Spain, and the lowlands of Holland,
Through the Kingdoms of England and Scotland and Wales,
Windmills grew up all along the wild coastlines,
Ships of the land, with their high canvas sails.

The Lancashire lads worked hard with the good earth,
Ploughing and sowing as the seasons declare.
Waiting to reap the rich golden harvest,
While the miller he idled his mill to repair.

Windmills so old of wood blacked(ened) by weather,
Windmills of stone, glaring white in the sun.
Windmills like giants ready for tilting,
Windmills that died in the gales and are gone.

S&R submitted the melody in another thread - corrections?

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