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Thread #28961   Message #363598
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
26-Dec-00 - 03:54 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Rose of Allendale
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Rose of Allendale
Good heavens, Ella, I don't know what went wrong with your search, though I expect you didn't realise that the usual spelling is Allandale.  I found lots of references; it's one of those songs that people ask about here quite regularly.  So far as I can tell, all recordings by Revival singers derive originally from the Copper Family version, though some of them have played around with the words and melody a bit, not always very successfully.  Barry Finn refers to a number of other songs in the same vein, which may or may not be related.  These two links are your best bet:

Sweet Rose of Allandale,  with midi.  No source specified; possibly Jean Redpath.  She learnt the song from Nic Jones, who learnt it from the Coppers.

Lyrics for Rose of Allendale?  -includes a number of analogous songs, and mentions copies of songsheets at the Bodleian library and copies of the original Charles Jefferys/S. Nelson sheetmusic at the Lester Levy Collection.

It's really more useful, I think, to identify helpful links to existing resources than automatically to post a set of lyrics yet again, particularly when, with the best will in the world, they contain a lot of mistakes.

Malcolm