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Lyr Req: Field of Dew / Baffled Knight (Child #112

DigiTrad:
BLOW AWAY THE MORNING DEW
CLEAR AWAY THE MORNING DEW
JOCK SHEEP
KATEY MOREY
THE BONNY SHEPHERD LAD
THE NEW MOWN HAY


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(origins) Origins: Shepherd Lad (14)
Lyr Req: Katie Morey (from Doc Watson) (3)
WHY not fear the rumpling of her gown-O? (10) (closed)


GUEST,Tim Graham 19 Jan 13 - 03:28 AM
Jim Dixon 19 Jan 13 - 07:50 AM
GUEST,Tim Graham 19 Jan 13 - 03:54 PM
Reinhard 03 Jun 17 - 02:55 AM
The Doctor 03 Jun 17 - 06:53 AM
michaelr 03 Jun 17 - 11:54 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: FIELD OF DEW (from Lisa Knapp)
From: GUEST,Tim Graham
Date: 19 Jan 13 - 03:28 AM

I recently came across Lisa Knapp's album 'Wild and Undaunted' and was captivated by the song Field of Dew that tells the tale of a young man outwitted by a young lass who invites him back to her father's house only to lock him out. I recognise the story but can't place it in my mind... neither can I make out some of the words that are sung, any help? Below is a transcript of the words I can hear (complete with question marks beside confusing or misheard lines):

As I stepped out one midsummer's morning
Early in the May sir
It's I beheld a fair pretty maid
Making of the hay sir

I boldly stepped up to her
Asked to lay down sir
The answer that she gave to me
Was the dew is all around sir

Oh but if you come to my father's house
You may lay in my bed sir
You can have my maidenhead
All on a bed of down sir

But once we got to her father's house
It was walled in all around sir
And she rode in and shut the gate
Shut the young man out sir

Oh when you met with me at first
You did not me fool sir
Take you buy the land of your own?
Go a little more to school sir

And if you meet a pretty girl
A little below the down sir
You must not find the schoolmen?
Or they'll crumple all your gown sir?

There is a cock in my father's garden
Will not tread the hens sir?
I do think in my very heart
That you are one of them sir

There is a flower in my father's garden
Called the marigold sir
And if you will not …. May
You shall not when you would sir

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Field Of Dew lyrics
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Jan 13 - 07:50 AM

It's a version of THE BAFFLED KNIGHT (Child #112). There are several versions in this thread: Origins: Shepherd Lad. Also see the links at the top of that page to other threads and songs in our Digital Tradition database.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Field Of Dew lyrics
From: GUEST,Tim Graham
Date: 19 Jan 13 - 03:54 PM

Thanks Jim, I knew I knew it from somewhere!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Field of Dew / Baffled Knight (Child #112
From: Reinhard
Date: 03 Jun 17 - 02:55 AM

This song is actually called "The Dew Is on the Grass" and it was collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams from Jake Willis of Hadleigh, Suffolk, in September 1907. It is printed in Roy Palmer's book "Bushes and Briars".

THE DEW IS ON THE GRASS as sung by Jake Willis:

As I walked out one midsummer morn
All in the month of May, sir,
O there I beheld a fair pretty maid
A-making of the hay, sir.

Chorus (after each verse):
   Fol de lie de lay

I boldly stepped up to her
And asked her to lay down, sir.
The answer that she gave me:
"The dew is on the ground, sir.

"Wait till you get to my father's house
Where you may lay me down, sir;
Where you can have my maidenhead
All on a bed of down, sir.""

O when she got to her father's hall,
That was walled in all round, sir.
She stepped in and shut the door,
And shut the young man out, sir.

"When you met with me at first
You did not meet a fool, sir;
You may take your Bible under your arm
And go a little more to school, sir.

"And when you meet a pretty maid
Little below the town, sir;
You must not mind her squalling
Nor the rumpling of her gown, sir.

"There is a cock in my father's yard,
He will not tread the hen, sir;
And I do think in my very heart
That you are one of them, sir.

"There is a flower in my father's garden,
it's called a marigold, sir,
And if you will not when you may
You shall not when you will, sir."


DEW IS ON THE GRASS as sung by Lisa Knapp:

As I walked out one midsummer's morn
All in in the month of May, sir,
O there I beheld a fair pretty maid
Making of the hay, sir.

Chorus (after each verse):
    Fol de lie de lay

I boldly stepped up to her
Asked her to lay down, sir.
The answer that she gave to me
Was, "The dew is on the ground, sir.

"O but if you come to my father's house
You may lay in my bed, sir;
You can have my maidenhead
All on a bed of down, sir."

But when we got to her father's house,
It was walled in all around, sir.
And she ran in and shut the gate,
Shut the young man out, sir.

"O when you met with me at first
You did not meet a fool, sir;
Take your Bible under your arm,
Go a little more to school, sir.

"And if you meet a pretty girl
A little below the town, sir;
You must not mind her squalling
Or the rumpling of your gown, sir.

"There is a cock in my father's garden
Will not tread the hen, sir;
And I do think in my very heart
That you are one of them, sir.

"There is a flower in my father's garden
Called a marigold, sir,
And if you will not when you may
You shall not when you would, sir."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Field of Dew / Baffled Knight (Child #112
From: The Doctor
Date: 03 Jun 17 - 06:53 AM

This also appears to be a variant of 'Blow away the morning dew', or the other way round, which you can find in Dig Trad. I learned it in junior school, where it was about helping a little girl fill her apron with flowers. Now I find it is actually about sex after all.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Field of Dew / Baffled Knight (Child #112
From: michaelr
Date: 03 Jun 17 - 11:54 AM

Isn't everything?


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