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Lyr Req: Handsome Polly-o (from Martin Carthy)

Uli 08 Nov 99 - 05:13 AM
Malcolm Douglas 08 Nov 99 - 03:29 PM
Wolfgang 10 Nov 99 - 01:37 PM
Malcolm Douglas 10 Nov 99 - 10:07 PM
Mad Maudlin 18 Nov 01 - 05:50 AM
Snuffy 18 Nov 01 - 06:15 AM
GUEST,Mad Maudlin on a different computer 18 Nov 01 - 08:18 AM
Susan of DT 18 Nov 01 - 10:46 AM
Mad Maudlin 18 Nov 01 - 11:09 PM
Malcolm Douglas 19 Nov 01 - 04:53 AM
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Subject: Handsome Polly
From: Uli
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 05:13 AM

Hi everybody

Ì'm searching the lyrics of the song "Handsome Polly" from Martin Carthy


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Subject: Lyr Add: HANDSOME POLLY-O
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 03:29 PM

Handsome Polly-O

Oh a regiment of soldiers came to Mohill-o
A regiment of soldiers came to Mohill-o
And the captain on parade
He fell in love with a ladies' maid
And the name that she was called was handsome Polly-o

Will you 'list in the army, handsome Polly-o? (x2)
Ah you'll get a horse to ride
And your rifle by your side
And a whole band of music going afore ye-o.

Didn't I give you your answer long, long ago? (x2)
That I ne'er intend to roam
Into any foreign shore
Nor to marry a poor soldier in the army-o.

Now when she came in presence of the captain-o (x2)
Ah she made him there to stand
With his cap and gun in hand
And she laughed him to scorn to his soldiers-o.

The regiment got the rout into Iveagh-o (x2)
And the captain he fell sick
And he died all in a week
And it was all for the love of handsome Polly-o.
And all for the love of handsome Polly-o.
Ah the captain he fell sick
And he died all in a week
And it was all for the love of handsome Polly-o.

The soldiers went to mourn for the captain-o (x2)
For if Polly wouldn't do
They would get another view
For there were far better girls out in Iveagh-o.

Recorded by Martin Carthy on Shearwater, 1972 (Re-issued 1991, Mooncrest Records CRESTCD008). Carthy says of the song:

"Handsome Polly-O is from the recording made by Seamus Ennis of Thomas Moran of Mohill, Co. Antrim, and is a nicely unfussy way of doing a song which in one form at one time was part of every folk guitarist's staple diet (not so much now. God is good)."

Iveagh is just a guess; would anybody happen to know the correct place-name? The only Mohill in my atlas is in Leinster, so that's no help!

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Handsome Polly
From: Wolfgang
Date: 10 Nov 99 - 01:37 PM

Verse 4, line 4, I think it should be "loved him to scorn". Sorry, I can't help with the place names.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Handsome Polly
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 10 Nov 99 - 10:07 PM

"Laughed him to scorn" makes more sense.

Anyone have any ideas about "Iveagh" (sic.)?

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Handsome Polly
From: Mad Maudlin
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 05:50 AM

Just came across this thread looking for the lyrics, and as a non-native speaker of English the expression "laughed him to scorn" puzzled me a little. Was the word order reversed "laughed to scorn him") so that it would fit into the song, or is the expression really "laugh someone to scorn"?

Thanks!

"Mad"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Handsome Polly
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 06:15 AM

Yes, Maudlin, it really is "laugh someone to scorn".

I don't know where Iveagh is, but didn't the Guinness family become Earls of Iveagh?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Handsome Polly
From: GUEST,Mad Maudlin on a different computer
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 08:18 AM

Thanks for explaining that, Snuffy! Don't know about the Earls of Iveagh, but will maybe do a search on that later and post the results if there are any. (The weather is too fine for staying inside too long at the moment...)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Handsome Polly
From: Susan of DT
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 10:46 AM

This seems to be a variant of Bonnie Lass of Fivio


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Handsome Polly
From: Mad Maudlin
Date: 18 Nov 01 - 11:09 PM

It is; even the tune is very similar. (There must be dozens of variations of this song...)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Handsome Polly
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 19 Nov 01 - 04:53 AM

Originally Pretty Peggy of Derby, I believe; Bruce Olson has done quite a bit of work on the song and its antecedents.  Two years on, with better resources available, I can add to "Fyvie-o" and "Iveagh-o", "Ivory", "Ireo" and "Ivy O" from variants found in America, so the question of placename is academic at best.  Seamus Ennis, incidentally, seems to have specified Mohill in Co. Leitrim, not Antrim.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Handsome Polly-o (from Martin Carthy)
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Apr 13 - 09:15 PM

The Mohill refered to in the song is most likely Mohill, Co. Leitrim as that is where Thomas Moran was from.


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