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Lyr Req: Bows of London (from Waterson:Carthy)

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Subject: Waterson:McCarthy with Saul Rose song
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 06:29 PM

Can anyone help me out with this, it's driving me nuts. I recently saw Waterson:McCarthy play with Saul Rose, and they did a song which made the hair on my neck stand up but I've not been able to track it down. I don't remember the name of the song and they don't seem to have recorded their version. All I remember is that it's about a girl who drowns in a mill-pond, I think, and a musician comes along and makes a fiddle out of her bones-using the breast-bone for the body, her hair for the bow-strings, fingerbones for pegs, that kind of thing. I'm pretty sure it was their own arrangement of a trad thing, but I cannot find any version of it anywhere and I'd really like to. Anyone tell me anything about it?


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Subject: RE: Waterson:McCarthy with Saul Rose song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 06:37 PM

Well, I know it's a version of "The Two Sisters," so I crosslinked this thread with the others on that song. You'll find links to countless versions of the song above, but I don't know which one Waterson:Carthy/Rose did. I gather from this page that they have been performing a version called "Bows of London" (click), and I don't think we've had that version posted here.
The estimable Garry Gillard has transcribed the lyrics of all the Watersons songs, and you'll find his transcription here (click).
Hope that helps.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Waterson:McCarthy with Saul Rose song
From: thetasigma
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 06:45 PM

Martin Carthy did a version called The Bows of London, I think it's on Life and Limb which he recorded with...ummm...hold on, I'll go look...Dave Swarbrick. It is a version of Two Sisters, also sometimes called Binnorie. It is good, isn't it? Creepy.
    (Link sneakily added by Joe Offer)


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Subject: RE: Waterson:McCarthy with Saul Rose song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Oct 08 - 06:54 PM

Follow this YouTube link (click), and you'll find a couple of Carthy recordings of "Bows of London."
-Joe-


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