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Lyr Req: Nancy's hair is yellow...her een are o'

katlaughing 29 Jul 99 - 06:27 PM
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Subject: Nancy's hair was yellow?Lyrics?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Jul 99 - 06:27 PM

I've started this more specific thread for the person who posted the original thread (see below):

Subject: Help a Granny in Canada
From: parkerb@mbs.gov.on.ca
Date: 29-Jul-99 - 04:19 PM

When my mother-in-law was growing up in Uddingston, she sang a song at school (early 1930's). She can only remember a few words from the song, and nobody here in Canada seems to know what she's talking about. We don't know the song title, but the words she remembers are as follows:

"Oh, Nancy's hair is yellow and (?), And her een are o' the misty blue"

That's all we know. Any clue? I have written to all kinds of people and associations but nobody knows. The most common answer is "Well, it's not in the database". How 'bout being crafty and asking your mother, or your granny?


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Subject: RE: Nancy's hair was yellow?Lyrics?
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Date: 29 Jul 99 - 10:24 PM

Thanks for trying to add clarity to my message, katlaughing... I'm new to all this chat business. In the help a Granny posting Margarita thinks that the song was written in the Scottish dialect/language... I agree. I still think that asking someone who may have gone to school in the Glasgow/Uddingston area in the 1930's will produce the best results... I've searched every database I can find!


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Subject: RE: Nancy's hair was yellow?Lyrics?
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Jul 99 - 10:40 PM

You're welcome. I hope it helps. Somebody on here almost always finds what you're looking for, eventually.

I came here looking for lyrics to old songs for my dad and they've always come through for me.

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Nancy's hair was yellow?Lyrics?
From: Wolfgang
Date: 30 Jul 99 - 03:34 AM

I don't believe I have found it but just in case:

Her hair was yellow, her eyes were sparkling
on her cheeks was a diamond red
and on her breast she wore a white lily
oh, the tears that I have shed.

If you think that might be it, there's the full version under the title OLD VIRGINIA at: http://world.std.com/~steeple/lyrics.html.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Nancy's hair was yellow?Lyrics?
From: Bryan Parker
Date: 30 Jul 99 - 02:35 PM

Thanks, Wolfgang... but that's definitely not it. Margarita, I hope you're still looking! I was referred to this site by the Scottish Music Information Centre, and naturally, I assumed that this was a Scottish site, and that mainly Scottish people would be corresponding. It wasn't until I went to the "Buy a T-Shirt" page that I realized that I may have some further explaining to do. "Uddingston", as referenced in my original posting, is a suburb of Glasgow. The song would definitely be written in the Scots tongue, and could possibly be a Burns number. Happy searching!


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Subject: RE: Nancy's hair was yellow?Lyrics?
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Jul 99 - 04:28 PM

Bryan:

This click here will take you to scads of links for resources which might be helpful. I don't have time to scan through there are so many.

kat


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Nancy's hair is yellow...her een are
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Apr 10 - 01:15 AM

I was only able to find this quote, which is said to be from an "old Scotch song"—in The Lady's Oracle: An Elegant Pastime for Social Parties and the Family Circle by Henrietta Dumont (Philadelphia: H. C. Peck & Theo. Bliss, 1851), page 35:

Oh Nancy's hair is yellow like gowd,
An' her een, like the lift, are blue;
Her face is the image o' heavenly love,
An' her heart is leal and true.


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