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Song ID-woman waiting for husband-Scots folk song?

GUEST,Fianna 11 Jun 11 - 10:09 AM
John MacKenzie 11 Jun 11 - 10:28 AM
Fred McCormick 11 Jun 11 - 10:33 AM
GUEST,Fianna 11 Jun 11 - 11:00 AM
Helen 11 Jun 11 - 08:13 PM
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Subject: Song Identification - Help!
From: GUEST,Fianna
Date: 11 Jun 11 - 10:09 AM

Hi, first post here and it's a plea for help. I am racking my brains over identifying a song and am driving myself nuts so hope someone can put me out of my misery here.

I think it's a scots folksong - possibly recorded by the Corries at some point? - and it's about a woman waiting for her husband to return and refusing to marry again. If memory serves me the 'singer/voice' is the one who wants her to marry him and who asks her why she stands and weeps at the shore (of a lake or the sea?).

I'm sorry it's horribly vague but if anyone has any ideas or clues I'd appreciate it.

Thanks

Fi

Welcome to the Mudcat, Fi. I've added to your title a bit which will garner more interest than a generic title. I am sure someone will know the song and post it for you, soon.
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Subject: RE: Song ID-woman waiting for husband-Scots folk song?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 11 Jun 11 - 10:28 AM

Jock o Hazeldean
Bleacher Lassie o' Kelvinhaugh


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Subject: RE: Song Identification
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 11 Jun 11 - 10:33 AM

There's hundreds of songs which would fit your description, except that the girl and her departed are invariably betrothed, not married. However, and this is a pure guess, I'm wondering if it could be the Bleacher Lass of Kelvinhaugh. Sample text:-

As I roved out one fine summer's morning,
Doun by the banks o sweet Kelvinhaugh;
It was there I spied a wee bleacher lassie,
She had cheeks like the roses, her skin like snaw.

Says I, "Ma lassie, where are ye going,
And what ye do I would like to know."
"Kind sir," she answered, "I am but a bleacher,
Fae Cochrane's bleach fields near Kelvinhaugh."

"O lassie, lassie, I've gold and silver,
And I would buy you silks sae braw."
"O no kind sir, it's the truth I tell you,
For I have a sweetheart and he's far awa."

"For it's seven lang years since he's gaed and left me,
And seven more I would wait on him;
O no kind sir, I would raither tarry,
And bleach ma claes here on sweet Kelvinhaugh."

"O lassie, lassie ye are hard hearted,
But such a fair face I never saw;
For ma heart's aye breakin, baith night and mornin,
For the bleacher lassie fae Kelvinhaugh."

"Dae ye see thon ships sailing doun the ocean?
Dae ye see them sailing doun the Broomielaw?
O lassie, lassie dae ye no remember,
The day we pairted on sweet Kelvinhaugh."

"O laddie, laddie I weel remember,
The day we pairted on sweet Kelvinhaugh;
Aa the sailor laddies, they aa got tipsy,
Wi the bleacher lassie fae Kelvinhaugh."

It's noo this couple they hae got mairried,
They keep an alehoose atween them twa;
And aa the sailor laddies, they aa go drinkin,
Wi the bleacher lassie fae Kelvinhaugh.


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Subject: RE: Song ID-woman waiting for husband-Scots folk song?
From: GUEST,Fianna
Date: 11 Jun 11 - 11:00 AM

Wow! Got it in one - Jock O Hazeldean. it really wasn't that vague was it? lol Thank you so much, John.

Thanks too to the mod who helpfully improved my title.

And I'm off to look up The Bleacher Lassie - love the lyrics. Thanks Fred.

I can stop banging my head on the desk now. :)

Fi


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Subject: RE: Song ID-woman waiting for husband-Scots folk song?
From: Helen
Date: 11 Jun 11 - 08:13 PM

Hi Fianna,

The tune of Jock O Hazeldean is a haunting one, too, so I'm not surprised you have had an "earworm", i.e. a song in your head which won't go away and drives you nuts, especially in this case, because you couldn't identify it.

Welcome to Mudcat, and I hope you come back and meet all the nice, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful Mud-folks. It's easy to join up, and there are no hidden traps to joining, it just allows you to post more easily, and use the facilities.

I have to warn you, if you are interested in folk and blues music, this site is addictive. I've been a member for about 15 years.

Helen


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