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Lyr Req: Severnside

GUEST,Di 02 Apr 13 - 07:42 AM
rosma 03 Apr 13 - 04:50 AM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 03 Apr 13 - 08:37 AM
Newport Boy 03 Apr 13 - 01:10 PM
GUEST,Georgina Boyes 03 Apr 13 - 04:18 PM
GUEST,Georgina Boyes 04 Apr 13 - 07:09 AM
GUEST,Di 04 Apr 13 - 07:27 AM
GUEST,Georgina Boyes 04 Apr 13 - 07:40 AM
Newport Boy 04 Apr 13 - 04:28 PM
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Subject: Severnside
From: GUEST,Di
Date: 02 Apr 13 - 07:42 AM

From my folk-club days in Sheffield (Barley Mow?, early 60's?) I vaguely remember a song which had the following first verse:

As I rode down by Severnside,
A brown-rigged craft came down the tide.
Singing farewell shore,
It's Severn no more,
No more, no more.

I have never heard it since. Does anyone have the lyrics?

Di


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Severnside
From: rosma
Date: 03 Apr 13 - 04:50 AM

I am interested in this because I live on Severnside. One of our regulars
at the Dragon Folk Club has written as song Severndown but that's a
fictitious place as far as he is aware.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Severnside
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 03 Apr 13 - 08:37 AM

The song was published in The Countryman Vol 59 (see p511-512). This was published in 1961. As printed, it starts:

Severn No More

As I walked out by Severn side,
A brown-rigged craft went down the tide,
Singing 'Farewell, shore!
It's Severn no more.
No more — no more'.

O Severn is wide as the eye can scan,
But she wrecks them under craft and man.
.....


It was learned at Weston-super-Mare.

That's all I can see. There are some copied available via amazon in the £4-5 range (but make sure you get the right issue for Vol 59).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Severnside
From: Newport Boy
Date: 03 Apr 13 - 01:10 PM

I don't know whether
this might be the same song.

Phil


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Severnside
From: GUEST,Georgina Boyes
Date: 03 Apr 13 - 04:18 PM

"Severnside" / "Severn No More" is one of the songs "collected" by Ruth Tongue. The Oxford Dictionary of Folklore describes her as a 'problematic figure'. Adding - "The problem is that Tongue was a performer, and that many years had passed since she had learnt these songs and tales; the uniform style and recurrent themes and phrases make it virtually certain that they had been reshaped, perhaps only half-consciously, to suit her personality. Some look like patchworks, built up round mere scraps of traditional beliefs or sayings. She should be regarded as a creative singer and storyteller reworking fragments of tradition, not as a reliable collector."

At the time that Barry Morton of the Rotherham Taverners used to sing it in the 1960's, however, it was regarded as a traditional song.

Georgina


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Severnside
From: GUEST,Georgina Boyes
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 07:09 AM

It's probably worth adding that, whatever it's origin, "Severn No More" is very singable and has a good chorus, so perhaps it deserves to become traditional.

Georgina


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Severnside
From: GUEST,Di
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 07:27 AM

Thanks to all of you for your help.

Georgina, you are right. It was a trio who called themselves "The Taverners" that I heard singing this song in Sheffield back in the 60's.
I now live close to Severn side (Wye side actually) but I have yet to come across anyone who has even heard of it. Strange!

I remember the tune well enough (great harmony), so unless someone can come up with the lyrics, I will just have to plump for one of the buying options–thanks Mick and Phil for the links.

Di


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Severnside
From: GUEST,Georgina Boyes
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 07:40 AM

Di - It might be worth trying to get the copy of "Seven Songs from Somerset Collected by Ruth Tongue" which is for sale on Amazon. I don't know if "Severnside" is in it, but it's not very expensive.

Good luck.

Georgina


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Severnside
From: Newport Boy
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 04:28 PM

Di - Bear in mind that I couldn't find any of the lyrics for "Severn No More" on the songsheet in my link. However, it is a 3-part harmony arrangement, so it could be the right one.

Phil


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