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Origins: In the Valley Watching Cattle

GUEST,AndyJames 02 Oct 09 - 12:15 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 02 Oct 09 - 03:39 PM
GUEST 14 Jul 13 - 12:05 PM
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Subject: Origins: In the Valley Watching Cattle
From: GUEST,AndyJames
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 12:15 PM

So a choir teacher teaches me this song which he says is "in the folk tradition" and now I'm teaching it to children. But Google doesn't tell me anything about it. What kind of folk song doesn't have Google on its back?

Anyway, here are the lyrics:

In the valley watching cattle
There I heard the sounds of battle
And I found a four-leaf clover
Hiding in the yellow grass

And I found a four-leaf clover
Hiding in the yellow grass

Tell me, tell me, four-leaf clover
If the war will soon be over
Then I'll run to meet my father
Riding over the mountain pass

Then I'll run to meet my father
Riding over the mountain pass

Pigeon, pigeon by the fountain
Fly across the snowy mountain
Take this ribbon to my father
Tell him that it comes from me

Take this ribbon to my father
Tell him that it comes from me

Father, father, brave and clever
Drive the foe across the river
Turn around and come back quickly
Then so happy we shall be

Turn about and come back quickly
Then so happy we shall be

The only reference I found is this pdf of a handwritten score.

Help! Am I teaching schoolchildren a Maoist ballad?


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Subject: RE: Origins: In the Valley Watching Cattle
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 03:39 PM

Doesen't have any Maoist or other connotation that I can see. A nice little song.
The 'us' code indicates United States for the origin.

So far haven't found anything.


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Subject: RE: Origins: In the Valley Watching Cattle
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jul 13 - 12:05 PM

We learnt this at school in the 1950's if that's any help - was supposedly Russian in origin - at least that is what we were told then.


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