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Origins/Lyrics: Tell Me Who I'll Marry (Polish)

Willa 22 Jul 03 - 03:27 PM
Joe Offer 06 Nov 09 - 02:13 AM
Willa 06 Nov 09 - 06:56 AM
Joe Offer 06 Nov 09 - 09:52 PM
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Subject: RE: Any Warsaw, Poland Catters?
From: Willa
Date: 22 Jul 03 - 03:27 PM

Judy Collins sings a Polish song 'Tell me who I'll Marry', which includes 'Where the Vistula is Flowing'. I'd love to find out more about it.


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Subject: ADD: Tell Me Who I'll Marry (Polish song)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Nov 09 - 02:13 AM

This song appears on the Judy Collins Maid of Constant Sorrow/Golden Apples of the Sun CD, two of the earliest albums Judy recorded. The Richard Hess Judy Collins Discography says it came out on Golden Apples of the Sun in 1962, and says it's (Trad., Polish arr Walter Raim).
Anybody have the Polish lyrics of this song, or at least the title? Willa is the only one to have made mention of this song.

Lyrics below are from judycollins.com. I wish more artists would post full lyrics at their Websites.
-Joe-

TELL ME WHO I'LL MARRY
Traditional Polish Song - arranged and adapted by Judy Collins
© 1962 Universal Music Group (ASCAP)/The Wildflowers Company (ASCAP)
(Administered by Universal Music Corp.)

Chorus:
Tell me who I'll marry
Tell me who he'll be
While the Vistula is flowing
By the green oak tree
While the Vistula is flowing
By the green oak tree

Here's a builder come to woo you
No one can build a house like he can
Fondly he tells you that he loves you
As he loves his houses
I would wed my builder
But I'm sorry for my handsome weaver
I would wed my builder but
I'm sorry for my handsome weaver

Chorus

Here's a weaver come to woo you
Weaving a garland with his fingers
Fondly he tells you that he loves you
As he loves his weaving
I would wed my weaver
But I'm sorry for my handsome turner
I would wed my weaver but
I'm sorry for my handsome turner

Chorus

Here's a turner come to woo you
All round his length the sparks are showering
Fondly he tells you that he loves you
As he loves his capstan
I would wed my turner
But I have someone else to give my heart to
I would wed my turner but
I've someone else to give my heart to

Chorus

Chorus



The Judy Collins Website says "While the vistuly is flowing," but Judy sings "Vistula," which is the main river of Poland.


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Subject: RE: Origins/Lyrics: Tell Me Who I'll Marry (Polish)
From: Willa
Date: 06 Nov 09 - 06:56 AM

Hi Joe. Thanks for your post. I got the song from the Judy Collins CD but have still no further info about its origins.


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Subject: RE: Origins/Lyrics: Tell Me Who I'll Marry (Polish
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Nov 09 - 09:52 PM

Can anybody shed any light on this song?
We really need to find some Mudcatters with expertise in Eastern European songs.
-Joe-


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