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Eliza C Herring Song chorus

THE HARRIN'S HEID [Herring's Head]

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Eliza Carthy 28 Apr 99 - 11:36 AM
George Henderson 29 Apr 99 - 05:37 AM
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Subject: Eliza C Herring Song chorus
From: Eliza Carthy
Date: 28 Apr 99 - 11:36 AM

Dear whoever??!! I spotted on your site that someone wants to know the proper chorus for the Herring song,from the album Red Rice.This is it,as far as I know:"sing aber o vane,sing aber o linn".I think it is a corruption of Welsh,and means something like "over the hills and over the bridge",although I don't speak Welsh and wouldn't take badly to being corrected.Erm,thanks for the interest.Bye!EC

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Subject: RE: Eliza C Herring Song chorus
From: George Henderson
Date: 29 Apr 99 - 05:37 AM

I am sure there are loads of versions of this song in the DT.

It was a favourite song of the late Brud Petty of Lisdoonvarna in County Clare using the above chorus. I have no idea of the meaning. The song is as he sang it is quite risque. I have just listened to a tape, recorded from radio in 1961, of the Elliots of Birtley singing a Geordie version with no internal chorus but at the end of each verse they sing How are ye the day, how are ye the day, how are ye the day me hinny o.

There is also a very fine Scottish version. George Henderson

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