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DT Study: North Country Maid

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AMBLETOWN (HOME DEARIE HOME)
BELL BOTTOM TROUSERS
HAME, DEARIE, HAME
HOME BOYS HOME
HOME, BOYS, HOME (Navy Version)
NORTH COUNTRY MAID (2)
RASPBERRY LANE
ROSEBERRY LANE
ROSEMARY LANE
SERVANT OF ROSEMARY LANE
THE BUTTON WILLOW TREE


Related threads:
(origins) Origins: Rosemary Lane aka Home Dearie Home (17)
(origins) Origins: Ambletown (Home Dearie Home) (23)
Lyr Req: Home, Dearie, Home & The Wild Lass (14)
Lyr Req: ash / oak/ the button ball tree (7)


Joe Offer 30 Nov 20 - 04:04 PM
Susan of DT 30 Nov 20 - 05:37 PM
Joe Offer 30 Nov 20 - 09:37 PM
GUEST,George Henderson 01 Dec 20 - 03:45 PM
GUEST 01 Dec 20 - 03:52 PM
GUEST 01 Dec 20 - 03:54 PM
Reinhard 01 Dec 20 - 05:00 PM
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Subject: DT Study: North Country Maid
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Nov 20 - 04:04 PM

https://mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=4272


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Subject: RE: DT Study: North Country Maid
From: Susan of DT
Date: 30 Nov 20 - 05:37 PM

There are so many oak and ash and some other tree songs, that we gave them a DT# - DT #319 which is attached to 12 songs. Ambletown, Rosemary Lane, etc. and all their relatives.


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Subject: RE: DT Study: North Country Maid
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Nov 20 - 09:37 PM

Thanks, Susan - that gives me a lot to go on for crosslinking threads and DT songs.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: DT Study: North Country Maid
From: GUEST,George Henderson
Date: 01 Dec 20 - 03:45 PM

In North country maid I sing a verse which is not shown here:

Since I came forth from the pleasant North
There's nothing delightful I see doth abound.
But they cannot be half as happy as we
When we were a dancing of Sellinger's Round.

The tune Sellingers Round was played at many hooley's, wakes and fairs in the North.


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Subject: RE: DT Study: North Country Maid
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Dec 20 - 03:52 PM

http://ebba.english.ucsb.edu/ballad/30805/xml


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Subject: RE: DT Study: North Country Maid
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Dec 20 - 03:54 PM

Sorry. The stanza (verse in your terminology) appears in that link, George.


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Subject: RE: DT Study: North Country Maid
From: Reinhard
Date: 01 Dec 20 - 05:00 PM

North Country Maid, A


DESCRIPTION: "A north country maid to London had strayed Although with her nature it did not agree." She laments the home she has left behind, its trees, its fields, its people. She hopes soon to be able to return home
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1893 (Broadwood/Maitland)
LONG DESCRIPTION: A maid from northern England (Westmoreland), who has strayed to London, wishes she were home; she sings the praises of the north country and its ways; she vows that she'll not marry until she returns, preferring to wed a north country man. She hopes to return in less than a year. Chorus: "The oak and the ash and the bonny ivy tree/They flourish at home in my own country"
KEYWORDS: homesickness rambling
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North),Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Broadwood/Maitland, p. 18, "A North-Country Maid" (1 text, 1 tune)
Stokoe/Reay, pp. 14-15, "O the Oak, and the Ash, and the Bonny Ivy Tree" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan5 1058, "My Ain Countrie" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 62, "The Oak And The Ash" (1 text)
Wells, p. 277, "The Oak and the Ash"; "Goddesses" (2 tunes, with the latter being claimed as the source for the former)
DT, NCNTRYMD* NCNTRYM2*
ADDITIONAL: Reginald Nettel, _Seven Centuries of Popular Song_, Phoenix House, 1956, pp. 77-78, "(no title)" (1 text)

Roud #1367
NOTES [146 words]: This looks like the source for the "oak and the ash" lines that appear in the choruses of many versions of "Rosemary Lane," "Ambletown," "Bell-Bottom Trousers," and other members of that most tangled of song families, typically with no relevance to those songs' plots. If I had my guess, I'd say the recombinant chorus was grafted onto those songs' common ancestor at some point early in its evolution. - PJS
For the complex relationship between this song, "Ambletown," and "Rosemary Lane" [Laws K43], see the notes to the latter song. - PJS, RBW
This song does not seem to have any "plot relationship" to the other two traditional songs; the common element is simply the chorus ("Oh the oak and the ash and the bonny ivy tree They flourish at home in my own country"). The language of this piece, however, hints at literary origin; indeed, it looks like a typical pastoral. - RBW
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