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Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy

Uncle_DaveO 18 Feb 08 - 04:29 PM
Uncle_DaveO 18 Feb 08 - 04:31 PM
Jim Dixon 19 Feb 08 - 09:02 PM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 20 Feb 08 - 06:25 AM
alanabit 20 Feb 08 - 02:50 PM
Snuffy 20 Feb 08 - 07:21 PM
GUEST,Richard Pearce 13 May 13 - 11:57 AM
GUEST,leeneia 13 May 13 - 01:15 PM
Richard from Liverpool 13 May 13 - 03:02 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: BECAUSE I WERE SHY
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 04:29 PM

BECAUSE I WERE SHY^^

As I were a-walkin' upon a fine day,
I met a fine lady from over the way.
She smil'd as she pass'd wi' a glint in her eye,
But I stood an' I blushéd because I were shy.

Says I to myself: "Come, Johnny," says I,
"If thou wish for to win her, there's nowt but to try."
So I dofféd me 'at as I winkéd me eye,
Then I donnéd it on again 'cause I were shy.

She walkéd before me for nearly a mile,
Until she got stuck on the top of a stile.
Says she: "Will you 'elp me?" "I'll try it," says I,
But I 'oller'd for mother because I were shy.

She call'd me a noodle; I made a grimace,
Then she upp'd wi' 'er fist an' she slappéd me face,
When up came me brother, so spruce an' so spry,
And off I skedaddl'd because I were shy.

She 'ookéd his arm, an' she 'ookéd him too.
They were wedded as soon as the banns had gone through.
Now they've lots o' wee childer an' troubles forbye,
So I think I were lucky because I were shy.

From the singing of Wallace House, on "English Folk Songs," Smithsonian Folkways #FW06823, 1952

D.O.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 18 Feb 08 - 04:31 PM

I'll say that the 10-inch LP from which the above song came was identified as to which English county it came, but I've forgotten that detail and I can't lay my hands on the LP at the moment.

If I come across it before someone else provides the county source, I'll post that information.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Feb 08 - 09:02 PM

Google Book Search indicates that these lyrics are included in Story Poems, New and Old by William Cole, Cleveland: World Pub. Co., 1957.

As far as I can tell by viewing a few snippets, only the rendering of the dialect is a bit different, and otherwise the lyrics are exactly the same as those posted above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 06:25 AM

House attributes the song to Cumberland. He gives no other source. Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: alanabit
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 02:50 PM

Interesting use of the word "forbye". I have never heard it in English before. It sounds like the German "vorbei" ("past" or "over"), which, in context, is perfect.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: Snuffy
Date: 20 Feb 08 - 07:21 PM

I've always thought of "forbye" as more a Scottish usage than an English one, but Cumberland's near enough.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: GUEST,Richard Pearce
Date: 13 May 13 - 11:57 AM

I heard this one about 30 years ago from a fine Cornish singer, Jack Tamblyn, in Wadebridge, Cornwall. It was one of those where you slip in the names of a couple of local places to amuse the audience. The range of it is too big for me, but Jack, by then confined to his armchair by emphysema, just launched into it and poured it out in a rich baritone. He used phrases that fit the Cornish dialect. I agree that Cumberland or Scotland would be likely sources of the words mentioned above. It's lovely, if you can do it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 May 13 - 01:15 PM

"lots of wee childer, and troubles forbye"

'Forbye' has several meanings in my unabridged dictionary. The definition that applies here is 'in addition to,' and it's marked 'Scottish and Dial. English.' Sounds like the right definition for this song.

Chaucer used the word, so it's been around for a while.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: Richard from Liverpool
Date: 13 May 13 - 03:02 PM

Various library records give the following information:

Because I were shy: a traditional Cumberland song, words and air anonymous; arranged by Lyell Johnston for voice and piano, London: J.B. Cramer & Co, 1915. From Three Northern County Folk Songs.

Which is the only trace I can find other than the Wallace House recording. If I could get hold of the sheet music, would be interesting to see if it was the same as his recording.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 13 May 13 - 04:30 PM

Richard,
PM me your email and I'll scan it for you.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 13 May 13 - 04:34 PM

To be honest I'm sure I've seen it as a Music Hall song in sheet music of about 1890.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Because I Were Shy
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 13 May 13 - 04:47 PM

I have 2 copies both printed in the same year with identical covers. One just contains 'Because I were Shy' as No2 inside but the other sheet has all 3 songs
1) Roger's Courtship, described as 'An Old Lancashire (Furness) Ballad (about 1720)
2) as above
3) Ould John Braddleum, 'a reminiscence by Rowland Soper, words and air written in traditional style by Lyell Johnstone'. I used to sing this last one at school probably from the same source but it has fallen into oral tradition at least in Yorkshire as I have recorded it from a few sources in different forms. It probably derives from a very similar song 'This Old Man'.


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