Lyr Add: The Two Sisters of Ilkley Mill
Subject: Lyr Add: The Two Sisters of Ilkley Mill|
From: Howard Kaplan
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 10:28 PM
Today (23 June 2009) being the 85th anniversary of the death of Cecil Sharpe, I thought I'd celebrate by posting the lyrics of a ballad variant likely to make him turn over in his grave. I cobbled this together a few years ago. It was originally intended as an F1 hybrid between "The Two Sisters" (Child 10), which contributed about half of the plot, and "On Ilkley Moor Baht 'at", which contributed the melody, the structure, and most of the rest of the plot. However, during the process of embryogenesis, additional genetic material from "Barbara Allen" (Child 85) and "Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight" (Child 4) seems to have become incorporated.
The Two Sisters of Ilkley Mill
(to the tune of and in the style of "On Ilkley Moor Baht 'at")
Lyrics ©2004 by Howard L. Kaplan, with minor revisions thereafter
Tune considered traditional but actually "Sherburne" by Daniel Read
Here's the verse structure. The ordinary type represents the leader's part, the italic type represents the chorus part, and the curly braces show where two words are to be sung simultaneously by the leader and the chorus.
Two sisters lived by Ilkley Mill
And here are all of the verses, showing only the leader's part
Two sisters lived by Ilkley Mill.