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Origins: The Blacksmith

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BLACKSMITH COURTED ME
THE BLACKSMITH
THE BLACKSMITH (2)


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Subject: The Blacksmith
From: Lin & Tony
Date: 08 May 99 - 07:59 AM

We've just discovered Mudcat - brilliant, we have got plenty of lyrics but can't find the music/chords/tab, are we missing something. Has anyone got chords/tab for The Blacksmith(2) thanks in advance.


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Subject: ADD Chords: The Blacksmith
From: Benjamin Bodhránaí
Date: 08 May 99 - 11:21 PM

We do it in A Dorian, which if you are not familiar with the modes that folk music seems to get written in that's a G scale starting on A, sort of a minor 6th or something.
    

Am G Am G Am
A blacksmith courted me, nine months or better
Am G Am G Am
He fairly won my heart, wrote me a letter
G Am C Am G
With his hammer in his hand, he looked so clever
Am G Am C Am GAm
And if I were with my love, I would live forever


Hope this helps, you can play a lot with the chords using the G-C-D pattern as the sound of the song allows for some almost disharmonic(?) sounds, eg the second G on the first two lines could also be a C or D to give a weird harmony against avoice.

Slán,

BB


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Subject: RE: The Blacksmith
From: Tucker
Date: 09 May 99 - 12:23 AM

Sorry to but in, is this the Blacksmith or could it be the Blacksmith of Brandywine?


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Subject: RE: The Blacksmith
From: alison
Date: 09 May 99 - 12:33 AM

Hi,

Welcome,.....

If you really want printed music or tab.. send me your email address and I'll send you a GIF.

Slainte

alison


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: A BLACKSMITH COURTED ME
From: Snuffy
Date: 26 Jan 02 - 02:11 PM

In the DT are three versions of this song All of them are fairly coherent and of a piece. This version by Shirley Collins, however, seems to have attracted elements from other songs - the third verse and the final half-verse seem to be three unrelated couplets from elsewhere. Is there a hint of familial sexual abuse and an invitation to lesbianism?

Shirley Collins tune is obviously related to that in the DT, and also the hymn tune MONK'S GATE (To be a Pilgrim) which is "Adapted from an English Traditional Melody", according to my hymnal. She recorded it on The Sweet Primeroses, Topic TSCD476, but I got it from Topic sampler CD with minimum sleevenotes, which merely say it is "her version of the Sussex love song

A BLACKSMITH COURTED ME

For a blacksmith courted me, nine months or better.
And he who gained my heart, wrote me a letter.
With his hammer in his hand, strikes his blows so clever
And if I was with my love, I'd live forever.

Now he talks of going abroad, fighting for strangers
But he'll stay at home with me, and free from dangers
I'm afraid the broiling sun might spoil his beauty,
And if I was with my love, I'd do love's duty.

For when I had gold in store, you did invite me
But now I'm lye[?] and poor, you mean to slight me.
For there is no trusting men, not my own brother
And it's girls, if you would love, love one each other.

But dry off your brandy tears, and leave off weeping
For it's happy we shall be at our next meeting

MIDI file: BLAKSMI4.MID

Timebase: 480

Tempo: 105 (571428 microsec/crotchet)
Key: Bb
TimeSig: 2/4 24 8
Name: A Blacksmith Courted Me
Text: C:Trad, arr S Collins
Start
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End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X: 224
T:A Blacksmith Courted Me
M:2/4
L:1/8
Q:210
C:Trad, arr S Collins
S:Shirley Collins
N:Filenames [BLAKSMIT, BLAKSMI2, BLAKSMT2
D:The Sweet Primeroses, Topic TSCD476
K:Bb
F3G |
D4 |(CB,3) | E2 (EF)|G4- |G2z2|
(F3_E)| F2 B,2 | A,2B,2-|B,4 |z4 |F2 |
B4 |(AG3) | A2 (BA)|G4- |G4 |
z2F2 |(DC)(B,C)|(DE) F2-|F4 |z4 |(FG)A2|
B4 |(AG3) | A2 (BA)|G4- |G2z2|
F2F2 |(DC)(B,C)|(DE) F2-|F4 |z4 |F2B2
| G4- | G2 zF |(GF)(ED)|C4 |z2G2|
F2B,2 | A,4 | B,4 ||


WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: The Blacksmith
From: Gypsy
Date: 26 Jan 02 - 07:41 PM

I too will send dotz, via snail mail, if you pm me.


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Subject: ADD Version: A BLACKSMITH COURTED ME
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 26 Jan 02 - 09:49 PM

Do note that the original request was made nearly 3 years ago!

To return to Snuffy's post.  Shirley Collins herself said this:

"My tune is based on a recording of the singer Phoebe Smith, collected by Peter Kennedy.  A textual variant of the blacksmith theme is found as the song Our Captain Calls, and versions of this have tunes similar to the present one.  It is from a set of the latter that Vaughan Williams developed the hymn tune Monksgate,  I use the final half stanza from a version of Our Captain Calls collected by Cecil Sharp." (The Sweet Primroses, Topic TSCD 476).

Phoebe Smith's set (Suffolk rather than Sussex) was noted by Peter Kennedy in 1956, and appears in his book Folksongs of Britain and Ireland; Shirley seems only to have changed it a little and conflated two verses.

A BLACKSMITH COURTED ME

(Noted from Phoebe Smith, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1956, by Peter Kennedy)

For a blacksmith he courted me, just nine months or better
Until he won my heart, wrote to me a letter.
With his hammer in his hand, strikes his blows so neat and clever
And if I were with my love, I'd live forever.

Now he talks about going abroad, fighting for strangers
And he'd better stay at home, and keep from all dangers
For you stay at home with me, my dearest jewel
And you stay at home with me, and don't prove cruel.

My true love's gone across the sea, gathering fine posies
My true love's gone across the sea, with his cheeks like roses
I'm afraid that broiling sun will spoil his beauty
And if I was with my love, I would do love's duty.

For it's once I had gold in store, they all seemed to like me
But now I'm low and poor, they all seem to slight me.
For there ain't no belief in a man, nor your own brother
So it's: girls, whenever you love, love one each other.

Kennedy considers The Blacksmith and Our Captain Calls (or, Cried) to be variant forms of the same song, and presumably saw this version as a kind of missing link; others would not necessarily agree.

A midi of the tune as given in Kennedy will go to the  Mudcat Midi Pages:  meanwhile it can be heard via the  South Riding Folk Network  site:

The Blacksmith (Phoebe Smith)

The set of Our Captain Calls from which Shirley took the final couplet came from the redoubtable Mrs. Overd (1904) as Our Captain Cried All Hands.  Monks Gate is so called because the tune came from Mrs. Harriet Verrall of Monks Gate, Horsham, Sussex.

See also, in the DT,  OUR CAPTAIN CRIED ALL HANDS  A tune is given, but unfortunately no source is named.


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Subject: Lyr Add: Blacksmith Courted Me
From: Snuffy
Date: 27 Jan 02 - 02:09 PM

Thanks for all the additional information , Malcolm.

Just putting an ADD in the header so harvesters can pick these up.


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