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Lyr Req: A version of Sweet William's Ghost

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GUEST,Dalillama 22 Feb 17 - 01:34 PM
Reinhard 22 Feb 17 - 01:47 PM
Snuffy 22 Feb 17 - 04:33 PM
GUEST,Dalillama 23 Feb 17 - 03:28 PM
GUEST,Dalillama 02 Feb 18 - 10:46 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: A version of Sweet William's Ghost
From: GUEST,Dalillama
Date: 22 Feb 17 - 01:34 PM

I'm looking for a particular recording of Sweet William's Ghost/Sweet William and Lady Margaret. I heard this particular track on OPB's Mist Covered Mountain broadcast ~20-25 years ago now (I've checked at the office, they haven't records of what they played that far back, and the DJ has retired).
The singer is a woman (or possibly a man with a notably high voice), accompanied IIRC by a fiddle, and the chorus goes:
O Margaret, O Lady Margaret he cried
For Love or for charity,
Will you give me back my plighted troth
That once love I gave to thee, to thee?
No, I'll not give you back your plighted troth,
Nor any such a thing
Til you take me down to yon churchyard,
And marry me with a ring, a ring
And marry me with a ring.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A version of Sweet William's Ghost
From: Reinhard
Date: 22 Feb 17 - 01:47 PM

Paddy Tunney sings these verses in his version of Lady Margaret:

Lady Margaret she lay on her fine feather bed,
The midnight hour drew nigh,
When the ghostly form came to her room,
And to her it did appear, appear,
And to her it did appear.

"Are you my father, the king?" she said,
"Are you my brother John?
Or are you my true love William," she said,
Coming home from Scotland along, along,
Coming home from Scotland along?"

"I'm not your father, the king," he said,
"Nor am I your brother John,
But I am your sweetheart William," he said,
Coming home from Scotland along, along,
Coming home from Scotland along."

"Oh Margaret, oh Lady Margaret," he said,
"For love or charity,
Will you give me back the plighted troth
That once, love, I gave thee, gave thee,
That once, love, I gave thee?"

"I'll not give you back your plighted troth
Or any such a thing,
Until you bring me to my father's hall
Where ofttimes we have been, have been,
Where ofttimes we have been."

And he took her then to her own father's hall,
And as they entered in
The gates flew open of their own free will
For to let young William in, in,
For to let young William in.

"Oh Margaret, oh Lady Margaret," he said,
"For love or charity,
Will you give me back the treasure troth
That once, love, I gave thee, gave thee,
That once, love, I gave thee?"

"I'll not give you back your treasure troth
Or any such a thing,
Until you bring me to my own father's hall
And marry me with a ring, a ring,
And marry me with a ring."

He took her then to yon high churchyard,
And as they entered in
The gates flew open of their own sweet will
For to let young William in, in,
For to let young William in.

"Oh Margaret, oh Lady Margaret," he said,
"For love or charity,
Will you give me back the plighted troth
That once, love, I gave thee, gave thee,
That once, love, I gave thee?"

Then out of her pocket she drew a cross
And she laid it on his breast,
Saying, "Here is back your plighted troth,
In Heaven may your soul find rest, find rest,
In Heaven may your soul find rest."

"Oh the winds do blow and the moorcock crow
And it's nearly breaking day,
And it's time that the living should part from the dead,
So now, my love, I must away, away,
So now, my love, I must away."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A version of Sweet William's Ghost
From: Snuffy
Date: 22 Feb 17 - 04:33 PM

(or possibly a man with a notably high voice)

J J Niles?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A version of Sweet William's Ghost
From: GUEST,Dalillama
Date: 23 Feb 17 - 03:28 PM

Reinhard:
That's the lyrics I remember alright, but I'm prepared to swear it wasn't Paddy Tunney singing them.

Snuffy:
I can't find a copy of his version of this particular song, but he doesn't sound right at all in the stuff I did find.

Thank you both, though.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A version of Sweet William's Ghost
From: GUEST,Dalillama
Date: 02 Feb 18 - 10:46 PM

My sister found a copy of the Lou and Sally Killen recording from their 1975 LP "The Bright Shining Morning", and assures me that's the one we're after.


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