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Rollicking songs for girls..

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Subject: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: GUEST,Lushka
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 11:55 AM

Hello all,

I'm looking for some rollicking songs that a lass might sing.. Of course, gender need not be a major impediment in folk singing but I always feel a little odd singing shanties or coal mining songs for example.
Looking to liven up my repertoire a bit - at the moment i have just a few too many to cry into your pint to!
Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Lx


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 12:57 PM

Rollicking this is, sung by the lovely Rachel Bridge daughter of one of our fave Mudcat grumps: Rolling Sailor
And here's another: Whup Jambouree


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 12:57 PM

Oops, make that 'Rolling Sea'


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 01:10 PM

Oops x 2, Whup Jambouree is possibly outside of your remit. I guess when I heard Rachel sing it I kinda read it from the other side of the story so to speak - or in other words the invitation of the prostitute on shore. Which incidentally reminds me of The Four Old Whores of Baltimore which despite being presented from the female perspective might be a tad too 'salty'..

Otherwise check my thread on 'Anti-Heroines' for possible songs of interest: http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=127154#2832816


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 04:54 PM

Thanks Crow Sister - they're both great songs!


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Joe_F
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 06:19 PM

Short of the Four Old Whores, you might try the Four Drunken Maidens.


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Gurney
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 07:19 PM

Most hunting songs answer the description, if your hide is thick enough.


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 07:34 PM

The Lord of the Manor was hunting Game.

He met a fair young maid in the woods,

"Are you Game?" he asked.

"Yes", she said.

So he shot her.


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 07:48 PM

The Kingston Trio recorded a song that starts:

Buddy, better get on down the line,
Buddy, better get on down the line,
Here comes 97, makin up some time...

I've come to realize that that song is a woman bidding farewell to a no-good lover. I believe it would qualify as a rollicking song for a woman.

Slight word changes are required:

'So long, pretty baby' changes to 'So long, Mr. Hotshot'. And for verisimilitude, 'When I'm in town...' becomes 'When I'm around...'

It's a great song to sing when cruising down the Interstate, especially alone a night.

There's got to be a way you can learn it, even if you are too young to have been a Kingston Trio fan.


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 09:37 PM

How exactly does one rollick, anyway?


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 10:04 PM

I think it means when the voice bounces or marches from note to note, rather than being sweetly wispy.

Rock of my soul on the bosom of Abraham

It's-a me, it's-a me, it's me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer

Funiculi, funicula

and even:

Thou art warm, thou art sort of grandish
from Finian's Rainbow


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 03:37 AM

This is a fun song for girls to sing, especially when aided by a bearded assistant: Old Man Who Came Over the Sea
My Husband's Got No Courage in Him
Not too PC: Stitch in Time
Sovay
Bonny May


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 05:18 AM

Ah Bonny May is fabulous! Thanks again Crow Sister - i may have to learn that one! :-)
Lx


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAID ON THE SHORE
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 05:57 AM

MAID ON THE SHORE

It's of a sea captain who sailed the salt sea,
And the moon it shone gentle and clear, O.
I'll die, I'll die", the captain did cry,
"If I can't have that maid who walks on the shore,
If I can't have that girl on the shore."

Oh the sailors they got him a very long boat
And off for the shore they did steer, O,
Saying "Ma'am if you please, would you enter on board
To view a fine cargo of costly wares,
To view a fine cargo of wares."

Well with much persuading they got her on board
The moon it shone gentle and clear, O.
She sat herself down in the stern of the boat
And off for the ship the young sailors did steer,
And off for the ship they did steer.

And when they arrived along side of the ship,
The captain he spat out his chew, O,
Saying "First you shall lie in my arms all this night,
And then I'll hand you to me jolly young crew,
And then I'll hand you to me crew".

"Oh, thank you, Oh thank you," this young girl she cried,
"That what I have been a-waiting for,
For I've been so weary of my maidenhead
As I walked all alone on the rocky old shore,
As I walked all alone on the shore".

And she sat herself down in the stern of the ship,
And the moon it shone gentle and clear, O.
She sang so neat, so sweet and complete,
She sang sailors and captain right fast asleep,
She sang sailors and captain to sleep.

And the robbed them of silver, she robbed them of gold,
And she plundered that costly ware, O;
And the captain's bright sword she took for an oar,
And she paddled right back to that rocky old shore,
She paddled right back to the shore.

And when he awoke and found she was gone,
He was like a man in despair, O;
But she waved a salute at both captain and crew,
"I'm a maiden once more on the rocky old shore,
I'm a maiden once more on the shore".


Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 06:46 AM

Hard to know where to start with this one - Female Frolic (Female Highwayman), Female Smuggler, Female Press Gang, Maid Who Sold Her Barley (aka Cold and Raw), Lovely Joan, I'll Be No Submisive Wife, Dockyard Gate, John Anderson My Jo (the bawdy one), Maid of Reigate (Highwayman Outwitted), What Can a Young Lassie Do Wi' an Old Man, Maid of Islington, The Vintner..... hundreds.
Some ofthe best evenings we had in The Singers Club were themed - feature evenings, and the best of tehse was invariably 'Battle of the Sexes' where the competition could get very edgy.
Would highly recommend 'My Song is My Own' 100 women's songs (Kathy Henderson, Frankie Armstrong, Sandra Kerr eds.) if it is available anywhere, also Argo records 'The Female Frolic'.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 02:27 PM

Battle of the sexes ..where she wins naturally: Broomfield Hill


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE FEMALE FROLIC
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 02:44 PM

Battle of the sexes - where she wins - sort of:
Jim Carroll

THE FEMALE FROLIC (English)
OR: An Account of a young Gentlewoman, who went upon the Road to rob in Man's Cloaths, well mounted on a Mare, etc.
Our first record of women taking to the highway for the purpose of robbery and crime is from the 14th century. Since the late 16th century, writers and street poets have been intrigued with the roaring girls, the Moll Cutpurses and those women who disguised themselves as sailors or soldiers, to follow their lovers or to avoid the more mundane cares of women. This kind of piece was probably to the 16th and 17th centuries what the cowboy films have been to our time - the wilds of Hampstead and Highgate were exotic and unmapped. Each heath or highroad had its denizens, and if the denizen was a woman so much the more exotic. This humorous song, known variously as "The Female Highwayman', "The Female Robber', was taken from the Pepys collection of broadside ballads. It is also printed in Alfred Williams* FOLKSONGS OF THE UPPER THAMES.

1    You Gallants of every Station,
Give ear to a Frollicksome Song;
The like was ne'er seen in the Nation,
'Twas done by a Female so young.

2    She bought her a Mare and a Bridle,
A Saddle and Pistols also,
She resolved she would not be idle,
For upon the Pad she did go.

3    She Cloathed her self in great Splendor,
For Breeches and Sword she had on,
Her Body appear'd very slender;
She showed like a handsome Young-man.

4    And then like a Padder so witty,
She mounted with speed on her Mare;
She left all her Friends in the City,
And steered her Course towards Ware.

5    The first that she met was a Grocer
Was walking with Cane in his Hand,
She soon to the Spark came up closer,
And boldly she bid him to stand.

6    She took from him but a Guinea,
And then met a Taylor with Shears,
And because the poor Rogue had no Money
She genteely clipt of his Ears.

7    The next that she met was a Tanner.
For loss of his money he cry'd,
And because he bawled in this manner,
She handsomely tanned his Hide.

8    And then she up with a Quaker,
She told him, she must have his Coin:
Quoth he, Thou silly Wise-acre
Thou shalt have no Money of mine.

9    She show'd him a Pistol to prove him;
He told her by Yea and by Nay,
That since the good Spirit did move him,   
She might take his money away.

10 An Excise-man then she accosted.
And bid him Deliver with speed;
He often of Valour had boasted,
But he was a coward indeed.

11 She Rifled him of his Money
Oh! This was a very rich Prize,
She took from him Four-score Guineys,
That he had for Excise.

12 The next that she met was a Padder,   
Well mounted upon a bay Nag;
Oh! This made her so much the gladder,
She told him she wanted his bag.

13 He thought she would certainly fight him,
Prepared himself out of hand:
But she was resolved to fright him,
She damn'd him, and bid him to stand.

14 He presently drew out his Rapier
And bid her to stand on her guard;
But quickly away she did Caper,
The High-way-man. follow'd her hard.

15 He followed and soon overtook her,
And searched her Breeches with speed;-
And as he did well overlook her,
He found her a Woman indeed!

16 The High-way-man stood all amazed;
But she had no cause to complain.
Tho' with her he did what he pleased,
He gave her the Money again.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON WE GO (Nancy McCallion)
From: AnneMC
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 05:45 AM

This is a great rollicking song - sounds good with a bodhran player in your group.

ON WE GO
(Nancy McCallion)

This song was also on Putamayo's "Women of the World: Celtic" CD, Volume 1.

There was an old woman and there was an old man
They live upon the high road
He once sat as a jockey for his pay
And she was her mother's darling-o

CHORUS: And on we go, and on we go
Can you recall the day we married-o
On we go, and on we go
Wouldn't you be frightened to die alone
Come a little closer to me darling-o

Come with me you silly old man
Cozy as a codfish-o
I've never seen anyone sour as you
at least not after breakfast-o
She grabbed the old man by the hand
She lead him 'cross a moonlit night
She took him to the public house
And filled him full of whiskey-o. CHORUS

And on the way back home from town
Oh, oh my darlin'-o
She pushed him in the water and she held him down
Can you recall the day we married-o. CHORUS

There was an old woman and there was an old man
They lived upon the highroad
He once sat as a jockey for his pay...
And she was her mother's darlin'-o


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: KirstenE
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 05:55 AM

this is a song I learned from my sister. Not sure who composed it, but I know that it was part of a musical production about the life of a woman pirate.

Hoorah For Toyboys: a women's shanty

I went down to a singles bar
Looking for romance
Hoorah for toyboys, lets have one over here
And there I saw a sweet young man
And though I'd take a chance
Hoorah for toyboys, lets have one over here

Chorus:
Lets have one over here me girls
Lets have one over here
Hoorah for toyboys
Lets have one over here

His eyes were blue, his skin was soft
And curly was his hair
Hoorah for toyboys lets have one over here
His teeth were white, his jeans were tight
He had a lovely pair
Hoorah for toyboys lets have one over here

He said he'd like an older girl
To teach him all she knows
Hoorah etc.
And once you start a toyboy up
He simply goes and goes
Hoorah etc.

I took him home right there and then
To teach him all I knew
Hoorah etc.
And in my hands I quickly found
His confidence just grew
Hoorah etc.


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Diva
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 07:03 AM

Nine Inch will please a lady......not to be sung infront of the faint hearted


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: GUEST,ArranBrownButterfly
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 05:27 PM

I second 'Nine Inch will please a lady'. Rabbie Burns, in case you haven't guessed!

For more genteel audiences, 'Maggie Lauder' has a good, rousing tune and sentiments.


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: KirstenE
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 05:32 PM

Please ladies, That 'll be 'Robert', 'Rob', 'Rab' or 'Robin', but never 'Rabbie'.


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 06:21 PM

Barmaids of Valhalla is a great one.

Dashing away with the smoothing iron is the first one that came to my mind.

Grace Darling

Three Drunken maidens is always a good one.

Foolish, incredibly foolish.

Turning of the world


I know my love by his way of walking

Keel Row

The boatie rows

Cotton mill girls


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 02:02 PM

Some of mg's songs are pretty rollicking -- "Cannery Shed" (otherwise known as "Stella").

"Sandgate Girl's Lament" with its chorus of "He's an uggaly body, a bubble-ey body, an ill-faced hideous loon / But I hae married a keelman and my good days are done."

I'm in the process of learning "Cotton Mill Girls", too.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 03:15 PM

Thanks...actually my crab shaker one is sort of rolicky..I think it is on you tube with the music box project, which you should look at anyway and see lots of great women musicians..I think what they have posted tilts toward Cajun and blues, and if that is music you love, there are some great original numbers on it....musicboxproject.org I think. mg


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: oldhippie
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 05:09 PM

meebe "Step It Out Nancy".


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 07:02 PM

KirstenE - Hoorah for Toyboys was written by the late Hazel Absalom (who sang in Steel Bunny and Capriole, and who tragically died on holiday in a diving accident five years ago). She also wrote 16 stone (and what do you get, a whole lot of woman and that's a fact).

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Joybell
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 08:57 PM

Naughty and rollicking:
I'm known for my "Naughty Songs for Nice Ladies" sing-a-rounds and these always feature. Some by me, some by friends.

1. "The Blacksmith" -- the one about the "lusty young smith" and the "handsome young damsel" Easy to find under that title.
2. "Nine Times a Night" -- where the sailor's sister is said to be able to out-do him.
3. "The Shape of Things".
4. "The Pro Musica Antiqua"

Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: LadyJean
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 08:14 PM

Maids When You're Young Never Wed an Old Man. I thought someone would mention that one.

The Doffin Mistress, is clean but raucous.

My sweet old silver haired mother used to sing Three Old Ladies Got Locked in a Lavatory.

And if you can find Morgan Wolfsinger's "Drink to the Men", and she'll let you sing it, and I can't imagine why she wouldn't, it's a wonderful song.


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: GUEST,Tattie Bogle
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 08:41 PM

The ladettes night out: just change the names in "Willie Brewed a Peck O' Maut" (Diva, can I do this wi' you and Susie sometime?)

And mair Burns: John Anderson, my Jo in the full and bawdy version.

Lady Jean - narrowly beaten me to it on "Maids when you're young".

But I just cannot believe that female drummer who got away with sleeping wi' all those soldiers and no-one found her out!!


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 08:44 PM

Eh, someone like to start a song aboot "Ma cookies' awa'" (makes a change from Maidenhead!)


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Subject: RE: Rollicking songs for girls..
From: LadyJean
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 08:50 PM

It occurred to me, reading through a thread on wedding poems that "Sorry the Day I Was Married" Would be another good one. (I generally sing it at weddings. Better me singing it than the bride.)


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