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Lyr Req: Feckless Willy? / Feckless Wully

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Subject: Lyr Req: Feckless Willy Northhumberland song
From: skarpi
Date: 06 Nov 09 - 10:09 AM

hallo all , I am listin to a cd called Mike Tickell/Warksburn
song of Northumberland and its border.
one of the songs Feckless Willy song no 2 on the cd , is very good
tune and I was wandering if any one knew something about the song
and if someone has the lyric and the tune it self.

I have tryed to find on google but with no luck yet .

sl all the best Skarpi Iceland


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Feckless Willy Northhumberland song
From: skarpi
Date: 07 Nov 09 - 05:01 AM

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Feckless Willy Northhumberland song
From: Little Robyn
Date: 07 Nov 09 - 04:31 PM

Hi skarpi, I can't find the song either but Mike Tickell seems to be the father of Kathryn Tickell, the Northumbrian piper.
There's a list of her recordings here
and some include Mike.
If no-one at mudcat can give you the information you seek, try contacting Kathryn to ask her.
Good luck,
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Feckless Willy Northhumberland song
From: peregrina
Date: 08 Nov 09 - 05:37 AM

Warksburn is a great CD. I'll post the words in the next few days.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Feckless Willy
From: peregrina
Date: 08 Nov 09 - 11:57 AM

Feckless Willy

track 2 on Mike Tickell's CD:
Warksburn: Songs of Northumberland and its Borders (1994)

Feckless Willy is by Cumbrian dialect poet Robert Anderson

Wee Willy dwells on yonder hill
And Willy he has daughters twee      [two]
But nought could feckless willy dee
To get them sweethearts will you see.

Meg, she looks both reet and left    [right]
Her eyes they bore a body through
And Jen is deef and dumb and daft
And ne'er a man comes there to woo.

The neighbours winked, the neighbours jeered,
The neighbours ____ed on them with scorn
And many's the wicked trick they played
On Meg and Jen baith neet and morn       [both, night]

As Willy he went ae day to walk,
He kicked at summat with his shoe
And Willy glowered and Willy scowled
'Gottus [?]' quoth he 'what have we now?'

Willy's counted out six score pound
And back he's run with nimble heel
And while's the hour is sure akeekt [?]
As though he's dealing way the deal.

And Willy he's bought a reet snug hoose
And Willy he's bought a bit a' land
And Meg and Jen are trig and pruce [?]
Since he the yellow pokey [?] found.

Nay meer the neighbours wink and jeer
But all shake hands with him, Ah trow   [I think]
And ilk yen talks of William's gear
For Willy's changed to William now.

And some come East and some come West
As men come many a mile to woo
And Meg looks straight and Jen has sense
Aye, we all can see what gear can do.

Ye rich men, aye, ye lie ba reet
Ye poor men, aye, ye lie be ran
Let wise men say what e'er they like
It's money makes the mare te gan.

CD notes say that Mike Tickell learned the song from his father, whose family was Cumbrian.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Feckless Willy Northhumberland song
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 08 Nov 09 - 12:36 PM

The original (from Anderson's Ballads In The Cumbrian Dialect) is pretty close and I'll try and post it later. In the meantime here's the missing bits from the original:

"Guide us!", quoth he, "what ha'e we now?".

And back he ran wi' nimmle heel,      [nimble]
And aye he owre his shou'der glym'd, [look obliquely/squint]
And thought he'd dealins wi' the de'il.

And Meg and Jen are trig and crouse   [tight and lofty/haughty]
Sin he the yellow pwokie fan.         [poke found]

Ye rich fwok aw, ye'll aye dui reet;
Ye peer fwok aw, ye'll aye dui wrang;



Mick


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Subject: Lyr Add: FECKLESS WULLY (Robert Anderson)
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 08 Nov 09 - 01:27 PM

Here's the original version. (I gave the title of the book incorrectly above - it's Cumberland not Cumbrian).

Although tunes are specified for many of the ballads, there is none for this. There are no notes either.

(If anyone has problems with the dialect and want glosses for particular words let me know - as the book title says there is a glossary!).

Mick



BALLAD XXVIII
FECKLESS WULLY
(Robert Anderson)

Wee Wully wuns on yonder brow,
And Wully he has dowters twee;
But nought cud feckless Wully dui,
To get them sweethearts weel to see.

For Meg she luik'd baith reet and left,
Her een they bwor'd a body thro';
And Jen was deef, and dun, and daft,
And de'il a yen come there to woo.

The neybor's wink'd, the neybors jeer'd
The neybors flyr'd at them in scworn,
And monie a wicked trick they play'd
Peer Meg and Jen, beath neet and mworn,

As Wully went ae day to wark,
He kick'd a summet wid his shoe;
And Wully glowr'd, and Wully girn'd,
"Guide us!", quoth he, "what ha'e we now?"

And Wully cunn'd owre six scwore pun,
And back he ran wi' nimmle heel,
And aye he owre his shou'der glym'd,
And thought he'd dealins wi' the de'il.

And Wully's bought a reet snug house,
And Wully's bought a bit o' lan;
And Meg and Jen are trig and crouse,
Sin he the yellow pwokie fan.

Nae mair the neybors wink and jeer,
But aw shek hans wi' them, I trow;
And ilk yen talks o' William's gear,
For Wully's chang'd to William now.

And some come east, and some come west,
And some come monie a mile to woo;
And Meg luiks straight, and Jen has sense,
And we aw see what gear'll dui.

Ye rich fwok aw, ye'll aye dui reet;
Ye peer fwok aw, ye'll aye dui wrang;
Let wise men aw say what they will,
It's money meks the meer to gang.

July 3, 1803

Source: Ballads In The Cumberland Dialect chiefly by R.Anderson, with Notes and a Glossary. The remainder by various authors. 1870.


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