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Thread #17334   Message #928779
Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
08-Apr-03 - 01:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Awake Ye Drowsy Sleepers (Ian & Sylvia)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Awake Ye Drowsy Sleepers (Ian & Sylvia)
...but, as it has been revived: Published in SINGING FAMILY OF THE CUMBERLANDS, J. Ritchie, 1955. Original publisher, Oxford University Press. Book now available in some stores, and on my website.

I also recorded it on one of my old lps- forget which, and it's no longer available. I learned it from my Dad and Uncle Jason Ritchie. Dad wasn't sure of the tune but knew the words. Jason sang it quite confidently but on each succeeding verse, the melody varied...asked about it, he dismissed the question with a 'pshaw!' and a comment that tunes were not important- any old tune would do! I took from his singing what to me were the best elements of the melody, sang it over a few times, added a few notes of my own, here and there, and came out with the tune which Ian & Sylvia used, and which I claim as my own. It DOES have wonderful harmonies, doesn't it? I was pleased with their singing. They were friends, and we were together on many stages...they were on my ballad workshop at one of the Newport Festivals, I remember.