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Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)

Mr Happy 27 Jan 10 - 08:03 AM
alex s 27 Jan 10 - 11:39 AM
Mr Happy 29 Jan 10 - 07:41 AM
GUEST,leeneia 29 Jan 10 - 11:17 PM
Jim Carroll 30 Jan 10 - 10:54 AM
RTim 30 Jan 10 - 11:53 AM
RTim 30 Jan 10 - 12:01 PM
Jim Carroll 30 Jan 10 - 12:06 PM
Mr Happy 31 Jan 10 - 05:58 AM
Mr Happy 31 Jan 10 - 07:32 AM
GUEST,leeneia 01 Feb 10 - 02:05 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: FAR FROM MY HOME (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Jan 10 - 08:03 AM

FAR FROM MY HOME [Alfred Williams collection, 1877-1930]

I'm a stranger to this country, from America I came
There's no one that knows me and none can tell my name
And if anyone should ask me why I am here alone
You can tell them I'm a poor girl and I'm far from my home
So why can't you be easy and leave me alone
You can tell them I'm a poor girl and I'm far from my home

Now I will build me a mansion in the middle of this town
Where lords, dukes nor squires don't dare to pull it down
And if anyone should ask me why I am there alone
You can tell them I'm a poor girl and I'm far from my home
So why can't you be easy and leave me alone
You can tell them I'm a poor girl and I'm far from my home

The boys of Kilkenny are sporting young blades
And like many others go a-courting pretty maids
They will kiss and they will cuddle them, and call them their own
While perhaps their own darling lies weeping at home
So why can't you be easy and leave me alone
You can tell them I'm a poor girl and I'm far from my home

So come all you pretty fair maids, take a warning by me
Don't ever build your nest at the top of any tree
For the green leaves will wither and the roots they will decay
And the beauty of a fair maid will soon fade away
So why can't you be easy and leave me alone
You can tell them I'm a poor girl and I'm far from my home


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from my home
From: alex s
Date: 27 Jan 10 - 11:39 AM

Bit of a weird one, Happy - a poor girl building a mansion.....
See you again at Ingleton in t'Wheatsheaf?
Cheers :::----oO


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 29 Jan 10 - 07:41 AM

I sang this at our sesh on Wednesday & it went down really well.

The tune & sentiment are quite plaintive & the chorus easily picked up, instrumentalists joined readily & it sounded great!

In lots songs I add to my repertoire, as I'm usually playing along with a good number of others, I like to add an instrumental break usu. 2/3 way through, particulary if the tune's a good 'un, as this one is!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 29 Jan 10 - 11:17 PM

I think this song is weakened by the fourth verse, which is chock-full of floating lines. I've encountered them in 'On Top of Old Smokey' and 'Come All You Pretty Maidens.'

When those are left off, we have a song about a lone woman who has wealth but is unfortunate and wants to be left alone. Maybe she's ill, maybe her family has ostracized her, maybe she's done something she will regret forever. We don't know, but we understand that such things happen.

I don't suppose it's relevant, but the song put me in mind of Sara Winchester, of San Jose CA. She inherited the Winchester rifle fortune, lost her husband and baby to an epidemic, and shut herself in the mansion. She lived in fear of ghosts and had a carpenter build one crazy feature after another (such as stairways that go nowhere) to try to foil the ghosts. She was rich, but poor indeed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 10:54 AM

Interesting hybrid.
Verse 1 - 'The American Stranger'.
Verse 2 - 'The Town of Castle Dolliford' (or 'Streams of Lovely Nancy'.
Verse 3 - 'The Boys of Kilkenny'
Verse 4 - 'Green Grows The Laurel' - and, as leeneia said, used as floaters for many other songs.
Where did you get it - can't find it in the 'Upper Thames' collection?
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams col
From: RTim
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 11:53 AM

It can be found in the Wiltshire Library listings of Folk Songs From Wiltshir, etc. that list the Williams and other collectors info.
see - a href="http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getfolk.php?id=581">http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getfolk.php?id=581

I think this song was collected by Williams in Burford, Oxon.

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams col
From: RTim
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 12:01 PM

Try as I may, I cannot get the Blue Click thing to work,.
However, Go to Google and look for Wiltshire Library - Folk Songs & Williams,
You should be able to find it.

Tim


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 12:06 PM

Thanks Tim
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 31 Jan 10 - 05:58 AM

Jim Carroll,


I got this song from 'Down the Green Groves'[Songs from Oxfordshire] Edited by Barbara Berry [1989]

Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll. OX 259)

Barbara's comment, Alfred Williams wrote:" I have heard of another song, similar & alas superior to this, but I have not been able to find it so far.
It is old, and perhaps not well known"

The other song was probably 'The American Stranger' that he collected later from John Flux of Filkins.

The words of 'Far from My Home' were from Frank Cook of Burford.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filkins

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burford



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Hope this helps


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: Mr Happy
Date: 31 Jan 10 - 07:32 AM

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getfolk.php?id=581


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 01 Feb 10 - 02:05 AM

About blue clickies: for a long time I thought my computer was refusing to produce them. Then I realized that when you follow the directions, your own ocmputer doesn't show the blue clickification.

You will only see if it you copy and paste, leave the thread, return and look at your post.

I think that many people who say they cannot do blue clickies are being fooled by this delay.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams col
From: RTim
Date: 01 Feb 10 - 08:59 AM

It has just be brought to my notice, via the Musical Traditions web site, that there is a whole new site dedicated to the Life and Works of Alfred Williams.
- at www.alfredwilliams.org.uk

(For some reason, when ever I try to create a Blue Clicky thing it doesn't work for me?)
Anyway, the site contains a comprehensive list of all of Williams's books and writings with links to some that can even be read online. There is also a link to the song database list above.
It's a great site.

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 01 Feb 10 - 09:02 AM

It sounds similar to I Am A Rebel Soldier (far from my home.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 01 Feb 10 - 10:25 AM

Thanks for that, Tim.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Far from My Home (Alfred Williams coll.)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 01 Feb 10 - 11:00 AM

Can anybody confirm or debunk the story that a well-known eccentric folkie went through the Alfred Williams manuscripts with a felt-tip pen and 'corrected' them?
Jim Carroll
PS Thanks for the information on your source Mr Happy.


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