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Subject: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 06:42 PM



Can you suggest any songs associated with the month of May ie: (A) Any songs with May in the title (B) Any songs with a May date given in the lyrics (C) Any songs referencing an event that is known to have occurred in May even if the lyrics do not actually say so.
It would be very helpful to have links to performances of the songs and also more sources of information about them.
Here are some to start with :

HAIL HAIL THE FIRST OF MAY

CHORUS     “ So, Hail! Hail! The First of May-o! For it is the first summer’s day-o!”

Mainly Norfolk info    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/hailhailthefirstofmay.html

The First Of May -Jackie Oates     Hail Hail The First Of May Jackie Oates Hail! Hail! The First of May / May Song
Hail, Hail the First of May · Jon Boden    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aTrLGdeaPY
May Song · Beggars Velvet   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f0KXf_GU1U

Padstow Night Song    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwSv8YEr78g

Padstow Day Song   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86_NSluiVPc

HAL-AN-TOW
CHORUS    “Hal-an-tow, jolly rumble O
                        We were up long before the day O
                        To welcome in the summer,
                        To welcome in the May O”


Mainly Norfolk Song Info    
mainlynorfolk.info/watersons/songs/halantow.html
Song Info   https://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2017/05/hal-an-tow-some-intriguing-evidence-on-a-may-song/

The Watersons "Hal-An-Tow"     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs9PMky7Fj0
Hal an Tow Helston Flora Day Saturday 7th May 2016   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b8GNJiJ4zw


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,Felipa
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 07:13 PM

So many songs have lines like "in the merry month of May"; Barbara Allen is one.

The May Morning Dew https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=31905#3555924

hey, at the time of writing, it isn't even April yet
BARBARA ALLEN
“Twas in the merry month of May
When green buds all were swellin”


Barbara Allen Joan Baez   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqHJ4V893e0
Judy Collins - Barbara Allen    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtYnxjzmTUs
Bob Dylan - Barbara Allen    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy_y3h02FgY
PETE SEEGER ~ Barbara Allen     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPdbHfgM0h0
Barbara Allen - The Everly Brothers   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me9w8HtYe4Q>
Burl Ives - Barbara Allen    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHvhp2qt-Ys


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 07:28 PM

THE OLD REBEL FLAG IN THE REAR
The Old Rebel Flag In The Rear is a poem by Henry Lawson, who gave it the subtitle, "A May-Day Song". It was set to music by Chris Kempster, but I couldn't find a recording of that setting online so you'll have to settle for the setting I did find. Here's Lawson's original version (what people actually sing is a much shorter version):

The Old Rebel Flag in the Rear
A May-Day Song

Henry Lawson, 1892

Whenever the march of oppression
Reduces a land to despair,
No matter how mighty the victors,
The flag of Rebellion is there.
The might of coercion may triumph,
And Freedom be laid on her bier —
Yet over the graves of the conquered there waves
That Old Rebel Flag in the Rear

A king may be great in a country
That cheers when a monarch is crown'd
But still, in his capital city,
The flag of the rebel is found.
A people may boast a Republic,
Where Liberty dies in a year;
But close on their flag comes that old stubborn rag,
The Old Rebel Flag in the Rear

We sing of the Queen of England,
Her banner that flaunts in the van,
Yet out from the slums of her capital comes
That vengeful red banner of man!
Lift up the proud Union of England,
And bear it along with a cheer,
But England! take care in your triumph, for there
Is the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.

There's the great cruel Eagle of Russia,
Where thousands are sunk in despair,
And the hand of the tyrant is mighty,
But the flag of rebellion is there!
There's the bloodthirsty flag of the Kaiser,
A monarch whom nations can fear,
But William will pause ere he marches, because
Of the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.

There's the Red, White and Blue of the Frenchmen,
Where soldiers of Freedom are true,
But lo! from the rear comes a banner,
Whose skirts lack the white and the blue!
There's the flag of a boastful republic,
A country where freedom is dear —
But still, in the States there's an army that waits
'Neath the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.

There's a new mongrel flag in Australia,
And the "Banner of Britain" is here,
But, to break from the past, we are gathering fast
'Neath the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.
There are men in the ranks who are traitors,
And men who will falter and fear,
Yet on thro' the arch of the morning we march
'Neath the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.

Some men, for the sake of their conscience,
Will join and be true in the strife,
And some for the sake of a moment to break
The terrible dullness of life!
They march 'neath the flag of the rebels,
With lives overburden'd and drear,
And fling them away on a terrible day
'Neath the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.

A spirit calls out of the future,
And bids us to strike in our youth —
And the voice of to-day is appealing
For Liberty, Justice, and Truth;
And the blood that was shed by old rebels,
For rights that shall ever be dear,
Drips down from the red of the flag overhead,
Of the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.

Oh! brothers of mine and of mankind!
The banner I sing of is red
With life-blood of men who were foemen
To wrong, and oppression, and dread.
Then march 'neath the flag of the rebels,
The red days of battle are near,
Let your feet never lag as you march 'neath the flag,
'Neath the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.

Perhaps there'll be no reformation,
But Oh! for a moment to rise
And ride on the storm of rebellion,
And strike at the things that I hate and despise!
When Progress is stayed by a red barricade,
And down in the city we hear
The roll of a hymn of defiance
That ends in a desperate cheer,
And on, for a day they'll remember,
Comes the Old Rebel Flag from the Rear.

It rose from the birth of the lords of the earth,
That Old Rebel Flag in the Rear;
The rebels are bred by the tyrants who dread
That Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.
'Twill never be furl'd while there's wrong in the world,
It never will fall till there's Justice for all,
THAT OLD REBEL FLAG IN THE REAR!

&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

This is the shorter version, as Chris arranged it:

Whenever the march of oppression
Reduces a land to despair,
No matter how mighty the victors,
The flag of Rebellion is there.
A spirit calls out of the future,
And bids us to strike in our youth —
And the voice of to-day is appealing
For Liberty, Justice, and Truth;
There are men in the ranks who are traitors,
And men who will falter and fear,
Yet on thro' the arch of the morning we march
'Neath the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.

Chorus (after each verse):
'Twill never be furl'd while there's wrong in the world,
It never will fall till there's Justice for all,
That old rebel flag, that old rebel flag, that old rebel flag in the rear!

There's the Red, White and Blue of the Frenchmen,
Where soldiers of Freedom are true,
But lo! from the rear comes a banner,
Whose skirts lack the white and the blue!
There's the flag of a boastful republic,
A country where freedom is dear —
But still, in the States there's an army that waits
'Neath the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.
There's a new mongrel flag in Australia,
And the "Banner of Britain" is here,
But, to break from the past, we are gathering fast
'Neath the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.

There's the great cruel Eagle of Russia,
Where thousands are sunk in despair,
And the hand of the tyrant is mighty,
But the flag of rebellion is there!
There's the bloodthirsty flag of the Kaiser,
A monarch whom nations can fear,
But William will pause ere he marches, because
Of the Old Rebel Flag in the Rear.
We sing of the Queen of England,
Her banner that flaunts in the van,
Yet out from the slums of her capital comes
That vengeful red banner of man!

The Old Rebel Flag in the Rear · Bruce Hearn    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5OUKR3vujY


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 07:36 PM

Streets of Forbes mentions the fifth of May. Copy-pasted from the DT (I made a few small changes to bring it closer into line with what's in Ron Edwards' book, Great Australian Folk Songs):

STREETS OF FORBES

Come all of you Lachlan men and a terrible tale I'll tell
Concerning of a bushranger who in misfortune fell
His name it was Ben Hall, a man of high renown
He was hunted from a station and like a dog shot down

Three years he roamed the roads and he showed the traps some fun
A thousand pounds was on his head with Gilbert and John Dunn
Then parted from his comrades, the outlaw did agree
To give away bushranging and to cross the raging sea

Ben went to Goobang Creek and that was his downfall
Oh riddled like a sieve was valiant Ben Hall
It was early in the morning upon the fifth of May
That the seven Police surrounded him as in his sleep he lay

Bill Dargin he was chosen to shoot the outlaw dead
The others fired madly as if they were afraid
Then rolled him in his blanket and they tied him to his prad
And they dragged him through the streets of Forbes to show the prize
they had.
THE STREETS OF FORBES
> Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick - Streets of Forbes>   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12AEwgzZ-T4
Streets of Forbes · June Tabor    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CThzQBVXpgs
The Streets of Forbes · A. L. Lloyd    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rVkmnBBLH4
The Streets Of Forbes · Show Of Hands    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Mk778U2oM
Streets Of Forbes · Marian Henderson    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN5g_avJ6dU

Mainly Norfolk: Song Info    https://mainlynorfolk.info/martin.carthy/songs/streetsofforbes.html


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 07:39 PM

Allan Sherman's parody of Down By The Riverside:

When you go to the delicatessen store,
Don't buy the liverwurst.
Don't buy the liverwurst.
Don't buy the liverwurst.
I repeat what I just said before,
Don't buy the liverwurst.
Don't buy the liverwurst.

Oh buy the corned beef if you must,
The pickled herring you can trust,
And the lox puts you in orbit AOK.
But that big hunk of liverwurst
Has been there since October First,
And today is the Twenty-Third of May.

So when you go to the delicatessen store,
Don't buy the liverwurst.
Don't buy the liverwurst.
Don't buy the liverwurst.
It'll make your insides awful sore.
Don't buy the liverwurst.
Don't buy the liverwurst.


DON’T BUY THE LIVERWURST  By Allan Sherman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqTDecGoMdo


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: cnd
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 08:26 PM

I know I sent you one May song (The Drunken Driver by Ralph Stanley, which I'll let you type up as you wish) but since then I've found two more:

A version of "The Two Sisters" titled "O the Wind and Rain" by Laurie Lewis opens: "Early one morning in the month of May, O the wind and rain." Listen here

The album version of the song "The Federal Soldier" by Gandydancer is not online, but a live recording from 2010 can be heard here. The song opens "One morning, one morning, one morning in May / I heard a young soldier lamenting and say"

Thanks to cnd for the following pm message
cnd A Song for May 16 Mar 2021 04:10 PM

I know you're not quite to May yet, but I was listening to some music the other day and came across a May song that would be good for your lists once you get there.


THE DRUNKEN DRIVER
by Ralph Stanley
The Drunken Driver by Ralph Stanley ("This awful accident occurred on the twentieth day of May")


Thank you cnd
The Drunken Driver · Ralph Stanley   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmktp3maRXo


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: cnd
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 08:30 PM

I also just ran across a third May song, The Front Porch String Band's "One Morning In May," which can be heard here.

O THE WIND AND RAIN
“Twas in the merry month of May"

O the Wind and Rain · Laurie Lewis   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPlIPsKBp6U

Album notes forLaurie Lewis    https://www.laurielewis.com/and_laurie_lewis_notes.pdf
O The Wind And Rain · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_8eCRD3_ik


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 02:07 AM

PADDY’S GREEN SHAMROCK SHORE
Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore begins "From Derry Quay we sailed away on the 23rd of May."/i> The link is to a recording by Dolores Keane and Paul Brady.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: The Sandman
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 02:33 AM

Ball of Yarn,The nightingale.,JUST AS THE TIDE WAS FLOWING
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-SPThFpviU

THE BALL OF YARN

        ” In the merry month of May when the birds begin to play”

Mainly Norfolk Song Info   
https://mainlynorfolk.info/martin.carthy/songs/ballofyarn.html

Ball O' Yarn (feat. Dave Swarbrick) · Martin Carthy    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDBCsfWRT24
Ball O'yarn · Keith Kendrick    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AddUZwnUH9o
The Little Ball of Yarn · Mary Ann Haynes    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSDMHKOtcbc
          “It was in the month of May when the boys were making hay”

Little Ball of Yarn · The New Lost City Ramblers    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqg7EhPlKj8


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 02:40 AM

I am relearning The First of May Blues belatedly for the Mudcat international singaround on 3rd May.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Long Firm Freddie
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 07:08 AM

John Martyn - May You Never

LFF


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 08:37 AM

I'm still trying to find out who wrote this. It was part of "Sticks and Bells", first aired on Radio Oxford and was compiled by Steve Heap, but he could not recall where it came from.

THE FIRST OF MAY.

My Granny said the other night, "Next Monday is the day
To mark the ending of the old, it is the first of May."
"Now what's so special." we all cried, "Do we get a day off school ?
Do we go for a bike ride down our lane, or a trip to the swimming pool ?"
Well Granny sat us quietly down and opened her book to read.
"You kids are losing heritage to spaceships, telly and speed.
If only for one minute a day you'd just sit down and try
To think about the days of old. Don't let tradition die."

CH. Like Easter eggs and Bonfire Night and Christmas and New Year,
Our Maypole means so much to us, so give us a rousing cheer.

"When I was younger and lived at home, my brothers and sisters and me
Would work for hours through April showers with ribbons and paint, you see.
All the colours we could find and trim them up so neat
That when the first of May came round we'd the best pole in our street.
The morning of the first of May was special to us all.
We'd dance around the Maypole and on our friends we'd call.
We'd knock on doors and sing our songs with garlands and banners and chains,
And pick up the pennies that folks threw down to drive off the April rains."

Her words put new life in our blood, we'd two days left to go.
Johnny found a wooden pole and painted it for show,
And Susie cut the ribbons up, and Gran taught us the song,
And when the first of May came round we'd do it, right or wrong.
We danced 'til nine o'clock that morn and then set off for school.
We told the teachers what we'd done and I felt a proper fool,
But they were very pleased with us and we showed the class the way
To dance around the Maypole and welcome in the May.

Robin


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 09:12 AM

The Bee-Gees "First Of May"

When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
we used to love while others used to play.
Don't ask me why, but time has passed us by,
some one else moved in from far away.

[chorus]
Now we are tall, and Christmas trees are small,
and you don't ask the time of day.
But you and I, our love will never die,
but guess we'll cry come first of May.

The apple tree that grew for you and me,
I watched the apples falling one by one.
And I recall the moment of them all,
the day I kissed your cheek and you were mine.

[chorus]

When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
do do do do do do do do do...
Don't ask me why, but time has passed us by,
some one else moved in from far away.

BEE GEES FIRST OF MAY     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMICiiaf4V4


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 10:20 AM

When I Was On Horseback refers to the 14th of May. As does The Bonny Black Hare.
WHEN I WAS ON HORSEBACK
When I Was on Horseback Steeleye Span   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayYEJX7maQ4

When I was on horseback, wasn't I pretty?
When I was on horseback, wasn't I gay?
Wasn't I pretty when I entered Cork City
And met with my downfall on the fourteenth of May?


THE BONNY BLACK HARE

On the fourteenth of May at the dawn of the day
With my gun on my shoulder to the woods I did stray


The Bonny Black Hare · Martin Carthy     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjF1_CxPmHs
Mainly Norfolk :Lyrics and Song Info https://mainlynorfolk.info/lloyd/songs/thebonnyblackhare.html
Alan Burke - The Bonny Black Hare   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pavzvQX_58
The Bonny Black Hare (feat. Dave Swarbrick) · A. L. Lloyd    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsuS7rNTHzU


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,Jiggers
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 10:42 AM

there is a rhyme we used to sing as kids

Here we go gathering nuts in May, nuts in May, nuts in May.
Here we go gathering nuts in May, on a cold and frosty morning.

Looking further, I found out that it should have been 'knots of May' which makes more sense as there are knots of flowers on Hawthorn trees which are also referred to as May trees, and the flowers as May flowers.

HERE WE GO GATHERING NUTS IN MAY    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeMDX7JUGCE


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 04:25 PM

Whitsun can fall as early as May 10th and as late as June 13th.

Austin John Marshall wrote Whitsun Dance (Ladies Go Dancing At Whitsun) to the tune of The Week Before Easter. (Whitsun is actually the seventh Sunday after Easter.)

Belle Stewart sings Bogie's Bonnie Belle;
Ae Whitsun day at Huntly toun 'twas there I did agree
Wi auld Bogieside a fairmer a six-month for tae fee.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 05:47 PM

Those examples of Barbara Allen (Child Ballad #84) at the end of the post were not placed there by me, but added anonymously by someone on the Mudcat editing team. They are getting intrusive, even added a title - not of my choice - to lyrics I wrote and posted. In this case, the editor should have identified him/her-self as having supplimented the post.

Yes, I learned the song in my schooldays from recordings by Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, but my first choice for an example would be Jean Ritchie recording as an example

often the merry month of May is in the second verse rather than at the beginning
Clifton Hicks (with banjo)
Tom Rush (lush guitar playing)

Note the words of the broadsheet used to illustrate the Tom Rush video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSX6Ts-OBXM (clickable link above).
Sarah Makem sang a version in which the story is placed at Michaelmas time, but the merry month of May is a more common setting for the story. Maybe not in Ireland; Elizabeth Cronin (recorded by Jean Ritchie on a song-collecting trip) just sang early, early in the spring. Tom Lenihan puts the song in the first person and sets it in Ireland "In Dublin town I was brought up
As Limerick being my dwelling;" No time of year is mentioned, he courted Barbara "For twelve long months."


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 31 Mar 21 - 06:02 PM

Reviving the Whaddon Whitsun Song

Now Whitsuntide is come you very well do know;
Come, serve the Lord we must before we do go;
Come, serve him truly with all your mind and heart,
And then from heaven your soul shall never depart.

How do you know how long we have to live?
For when we die, O then what would we give
For to being sure of having our resting place,
Since we have run our sinful wretched race?



Now we may bring you the royal branch of oak;
God bless our king and queen and all the royal folk;
God bless our king and queen and all this world beside,
Then the Lord he will send us all a merry Whitsuntide.

http://www.whaddon.org/whitsun-files/Whitsun_article.html

The above article says" the Whaddon Whitsun Song was recorded by the folk group the Young Tradition on their album So Cheerfully Round in 1967. It was called "The Whitsuntide Carol" and is somewhat different to the version noted by Wortley, although clearly arranged from the same song by the members of the group."
Whitsuntide Carol: The Young Tradition (1967)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSK50_di5lo


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 01 Apr 21 - 03:19 AM

CHESHIRE MAY SONG
The Wilsons sing Cheshire May Song    
Cheshire May Song

ACROSS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
Across the Blue Mountains...to the Allegheny

One morning, one morning, One morning in May,
I heard a married man To a young girl say:
"Go dress you up pretty Katie, Come along with me,
Across the blue mountains To the Allegheny."

Robin & Linda Williams   
Across the Blue Mountains


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 Apr 21 - 06:48 AM

MAY DAY CAROL
Wikipedia info:   
https://mainlynorfolk.info/martin.carthy/songs/maysong.html
Magpie Lane - May Day Carol    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqSv8gUgyA4

The May Day Carol · LaNoue Davenport · Robert Abramson · Jean Ritchie     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL4c8tqck8Q
Mudcat Digitrad    /mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=3917


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 01 Apr 21 - 07:57 AM

BLUEBELL POLKA.... Tune can be found on Youtube.

1. Pickin' a bluebell in the merry month of May,
And suddenly I saw him strolling on his way,
Pickin' a bluebell just the same as I was too;
I thought I could be happy with a boy like you.

2. And as he turned and smiled at me my heart stood still,
I never knew a smile could give me such a thrill.
He was a handsome laddie and he looked so good,
I promised that I'd meet him in the bluebell wood.

3. Half past seven by the old oak tree,
I was waiting, anticipating
What could happen to a girl like me
When he came along...

4. Pickin' a bluebell in the merry month of May
And suddenly I saw him strolling on his way,
Pickin' a bluebell just the same as I was too,
I thought I could be happy with a boy like you.

5. He looked wonderful. Oh! So wonderful.
How was I to see he would make a fool of me?
Two dark flashing eyes, looked like paradise;
My heart flickered like a flame.

6. What was I to do? Met my Waterloo.
There I stood for him, waiting in the wood for him.
I'm confessin' I learned my lesson,
And now I'll never be the same.

7. Pickin' a bluebell in the merry month of May
Is something I'll remember when I'm old and grey,
And if I live to ninety-two I know darned well
I never want to see another Scots bluebell.


BLUEBELL POLKA

Alma Cogan sang it as “Bluebell”:
Bluebell-Alma Cogan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSv73S6uvIs
MUDCAT: Lyr Req: Bluebell Polka (F. Stanley/Paddy Roberts)   /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=121178
MUDCAT: Origin: Bluebell Polka (Jimmy Shand?)   /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=33332


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 01 Apr 21 - 08:04 AM

My song "May Morning".   
https://annelister.bandcamp.com/track/may-morning

MAY MORNING
Did you hear the sun on a bright may morning
Did you hear the sun when he played at dawn
Did you hear the sun on a bright may morning
Call down a blessing on the growing corn ?

And where were you as the dawn was breaking
Were you still asleep in bed ?
With the world all dancing to the pipes of the sun
And a song of gold in every head.

You live in the city all wrapped in concrete
With nothing but pavements beneath your feet
How can you hear the world as it's turning
Or dance to the rhythm of the changing beat ?

Here's a garland for the lady in every hedgerow
Here's a song for the sun and a dance for the moon
Here's a laugh for the living and a prayer for the dying
And a wish for the world to all sing in tune.
credits
from A Flame in Avalon, released May 1, 2020
Featuring the mass choirs of Mary McLaughlin, and the multi-instrumental talents of Steafan Hannigan.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 01 Apr 21 - 07:27 PM

You have to wait for it, it's the very last word in this song.

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND GRAY

words and music by Tom Lehrer
(copy-pasted from https://tomlehrersongs.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/when-you-are-old-and-gray.pdf)

Since I still appreciate you,
Let's find love while we may.,
Because I know I'll hate you
When you are old and gray.
So say you love me here and now,
I'll make the most of that.
Say you love and trust me,
For I know you'll disgust me
When you're old and getting fat.

An awful debility,
A lessened utility,
A loss of mobility
Is a strong possibility.
In all probability
I'll lose my virility
And you your fertility
And desirability,
And this liability
Of total sterility
Will lead to hostility
And a sense of futility,
So let's act with agility
While we still have facility,
For we'll soon reach senility
And lose the ability.

Your teeth will start to go, dear,
Your waist will start to spread.
In twenty years or so, dear,
I'll wish that you were dead.
I'll never love you then at all
The way I do today.
So please remember,
When I leave in December,
I told you so in May.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 Apr 21 - 05:47 PM


Thanks GerryM , Here is a link to a performance of

WHEN YOU ARE OLD AND GRAY -Tom Lehrer     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NOZH0y7VxE


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: treewind
Date: 02 Apr 21 - 06:11 PM


SWINTON NEW MAY SONG
Swinton New May Song was a fairly new one on us when we put it on YouTube last year.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 Apr 21 - 07:27 PM

THE FIRST DAY OF MAY
by James Taylor
First Day of May - James Taylor   <
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7ztbHqw704


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 03 Apr 21 - 04:53 PM

GEORGE COLLINS

Opening lines“ George Collins walked out one May morning
When May was all in bloom”


George Collins · A. L. Lloyd   <
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkGYD0qgEVM
Sam Lee - The Ballad of George Collins     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1it2M7-ME0Y
Musical Traditions song info     https://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/collins.htm
MUDCAT: George Collins - what's it all about?     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=41600


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 03 Apr 21 - 05:41 PM

WE’LL HAVE A MAY DAY
by Matt McGinn

Stramash   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQNPLP1LTnU
MUDCAT: Lyr Req: We'll Have a May Day (Matt McGinn)   /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=44949


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 21 - 05:26 AM

THE LUSTY MONTH OF MAY
by Lerner and Loewe from "Camelot"   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg4YrOlAkds

THE MERRY MERRY MONTH OF MAY
By Stephen Foster
http://www.stephen-foster-songs.de/foster053.htm

NOW IS THE MONTH OF MAYING
by Thomas Morley, 1595
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Now_Is_the_Month_of_Maying

Lusty Month of May from Lerner & Loewe's Camelot    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg4YrOlAkds
Now is the month of maying", a Madrigal by Thomas Morley, performed by The King's Singers   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwJLKdU50KE
The Merry,Merry Month of May ( S C Foster) - P.M.Adamson    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDi39nkmj8s


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 04 Apr 21 - 11:21 AM

CUPID THE PRETTY PLOUGHBOY

Ballad Sheet at Bodleian Library    
http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/search/title/Cupid%20the%20pretty%20plough-boy
First 2 lines “ As I walked out one May morning
When May was all in bloom”


Carver, Charlie    https://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Desmond-and-Shelagh-Herring-Collection/025M-C0999X0002XX-0300V0
Jim Causley ~ Cupid the Ploughboy    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATL1Z05MeOU


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 04:26 AM

MAY SONG
Magpie Lane - May Song by Dave Webber,    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcdV-vAiMnc


Since posting this song I have realised that it is the same song as " HAIL HAIL THE FIRST OF MAY" the song posted at the top of this thread ,where there is more information about the song.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 05:02 PM

A line of Hal and Tow brought Sumer is icumen in to mind


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 07:04 PM

JOHN BROWN’S BODY

May 7, 1915  Abolitionist leader John Brown (1800-1859) was born .

Pete Seeger “John Brown’s Body “   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jso1YRQnpCI

JOHN BROWN’S DREAM
John Brown’s Dream    ht
http://www.asmylifeturnstoasong.com/john-browns-dream
MUDCAT:Lyr Req:John Brown's Dream    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=47439&messages=12


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 11:22 PM

The song, Little Brown Dog, was recorded back in the day by Peter, Paul and Mary, only they added the phrase "Autumn to May" to the end of each verse & gave the song the title, Autumn to May.
AUTUMN TO MAY-aka Little Brown Dog
Peter Paul & Mary - Autumn to May    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND7W7Yxo7GU


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 12:19 PM

Irish language
Amhrán na Bealtaine

Thugamar Féin an Samhradh Linn

And at the top of both those discussion threads, you will find a whole bunch of blue clickable links to both Digital Tradition and Mudcat Forum entries, mostly songs and discussions in Englsh connected with May Day or the month of May.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: mg
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 01:25 PM

rosabella...one monday? morning in the month of May

THE ROSABELLA
Holdstock and Macleod
   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CcecY6GwXg


‘One Monday morning in the month of May,
One Monday morning in the month of May,
I thought I heard the old man say,
The "Rosabella" will sail today.’


MUDCAT: Origins: The Rosabella   /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=62948#top


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 07:12 PM

THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN

”Well, in the merry month of May, from my home I started
Left the girls of Tuam,nearly broken hearted


The Dubliners - The Rocky Road To Dublin   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvvMuJ_VeX4
The Pogues - The Rocky Road To Dublin    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEe7_b6NHtA&list=RDuEe7_b6NHtA&start_radio=1
Wikipedia,Song Info    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Road_to_Dublin


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 08:00 AM

I'vw always known The Rocky Road to Dublin as In the merry month of JUNE; it goes better with "left the girls of Tuam"

I'm not checking which of these are already mentioned but the DT includes
CORNISH MAY CAROL
DRAWING NEARER TO THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY
MAY DAY CAROL
MAY DAY CAROL (2)
MAY MORNING CAROL
MAY MORNING DEW
QUEEN OF THE MAY

and previous threads include
Folklore: Songs to do with May Day

Folk songs mentioning the month of May?

and at those threads you'll see a clickable list of other MAY-related Mudcat discussions.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 05:30 PM


THANKS Felipa, here are links to performances and information about some of the songs you have looked up in the DT
MAY MORNING DEW
As they tramped through the heather, the wild hare to pursue,
And their joys they would mingle in the May morning dew.


Siobhan Miller - May Morning Dew    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ciXa7_d4Ys
May Morning Dew - Dolores Keane    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5Zq8t_-DV4
Eamonn MacDonncha - The May Morning Dew    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH4LnahqIxk
Mainly Norfolk song info     https://mainlynorfolk.info/frankie.armstrong/songs/themaymorningdew.html

THE QUEEN OF MAY
Shirley Collins - The Queen of May   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE6JWijSMgg
MUDCAT DT:Lyrics   /mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=4845BR>

MAY DEW

Derek & Dorothy Elliott - May Dew
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_uHkr-6Y-I


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 01:00 PM

ONE MORNING IN MAY aka   THE BOLD GRENADIER,The Soldier and the Lady,The Grenadier and the Lady,The Lady and the Soldier

’As I was a-walking one morning in May,
I saw a sweet couple together at play’



The Bold Grenadier (One Morning in May) - Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVVp_y7G59k

Coon Creek Girls - The Soldier And The Lady     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA3xsxYr2go
The Soldier and the Lady · Shorty and Juanita Sheehan    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJKmcv6oKbo
The Bold Grenadier - Live at the Ozark Folk Center     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-vUyYn9noc
The Bold Grenadier · Boxer John    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXs634busRU
The Bold Grenadier · The Broadside from Grimsbyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge2YEBXl_SM

Wikipedia song info    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Morning_in_May_(folk_song)
James Taylor/Linda Ronstadt - One Morning In May    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mHXJdT1mM4


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 01:04 PM

TO HEAR THE NIGHTINGALE SING

This is another manifestation of ONE MORNING IN MAY/The Soldier and the Lady

To Hear the Nightingale Sing · Ian Campbell Folk Group    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7gX_EoXkW4
Luke Kelly The Nightingale    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldDgN2j5NWM&list=RDldDgN2j5NWM&start_radio=1
Frank Hinchcliffe - Hear the Nightingales Sing.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TKEvslKk6U
Johnny Kelly The Nightingale    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQsQ1O-f1Ec
One Morning in May (aka the Nightingale) · Jean Ritchie
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyb9JtFiKOY

And here is another FIDDLING SOLDIER Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0Tk_DbZ3tk


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 09 Apr 21 - 06:38 PM


This one is a different song with a different story but still with the title ONE MORNING IN MAY
One Morning in May (Bad Girl's Lament) - Miss Moonshine sings an unaccompanied Appalachian ballad   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2GyqfV-LoMBR>

And yet another different ONE MORNING IN MAY - Len Graham   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg6bs0XmnhI


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 10 Apr 21 - 09:54 AM

NOW IS THE MONTH OF MAYING

Song : " Now is the month of Maying" a Madrigal by Thomas Morley, performed by The King's Singers    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwJLKdU50KE


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 11 Apr 21 - 05:43 AM

The Swinton May song posted by Anahata is the new Swinton May song. The older one was recorded by Brass Monkey and the Watersons. Both can be found in Chambers book of Days and are traditionally sung during April - Drawing near to the merry month of May. I am from Swinton, which was, when written up in Chambers, a village in the county of Lancashire.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 11 Apr 21 - 08:00 AM


SWINTON (OLD) MAY SONG    The Watersons -    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmXXS09UgIs
                               Brass Monkey - Swinton Mayday Song    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyUr6mIlWd0


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: The Sandman
Date: 11 Apr 21 - 01:56 PM

the bold fisherman dick miles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH5lIj5Tgps


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: The Sandman
Date: 11 Apr 21 - 02:18 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGoYfU2-A54


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 11 Apr 21 - 05:01 PM


Thanks Sandman this song covers several months

THE CUCKOO

Chorus Cuckoo in April,
              Cuckoo in May
              Cuckoo in June and July flies away’


Cuckoo - Dick Miles , clarinet Sue Miles   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGoYfU2-A54 BR>


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: The Sandman
Date: 12 Apr 21 - 03:24 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsJNCJUU4rE Barbara Allen


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: JHW
Date: 12 Apr 21 - 06:01 AM

May auld acquaintants be forgot...


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Apr 21 - 05:05 AM

The Shearings not for you


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 13 Apr 21 - 09:46 AM


THE SHEARIN’S NOT FOR YOU

It was in the month of May, my bonnie lassie O
It was in the month of May, when the flowers they were gay,
And the lambs did sport and play, my bonnie lassie O'


Mainly Norfolk SONG LYRICS & info   
https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/theshearinsnotforyou.html

The Shearing's No For You - Fiona Ross     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jqOgMoFRNE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jqOgMoFRNE
Shearings No For You- Holdstock & MacLeod    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q327MAiZ2Q
Pernille Quigg - The Shearing's No For You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0HAomQr-N8

MUDCAT Digitrad     /mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=4316,4316,4316,4316,4316,4316,4316,4316&SongID=4316,4316,4316,4316,4316,4316,4316,431


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 14 Apr 21 - 07:15 PM

THE FORTUNATE FACTORY MAID
Roud Number: 1659
First Line:”The sun was just rising one fine May morning”
Bodlian Ballad info   
http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/static/images/sheets/20000/19099.gif


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: John C. Bunnell
Date: 14 Apr 21 - 08:41 PM

Here's another in the "As I walked out" cluster. At least insofar as I can tell, this isn't already anywhere here on Mudcat - and for once I have a full attribution on hand, from the liner notes on my physical copy of the album. (I have *not* attempted to transcribe the full counterpoints and harmony elements, which get progressively more complicated from refrain to refrain. For those you want to click through to the YouTube recording.)

AN IRISH SONG
written by Ed McCurdy

arranged & performed by the Chad Mitchell Trio ("Singing Our Minds")

As I walked out one May morning, to take the pleasant air,
I saw a pretty girl walking by with roses in her hair;
I stepped right up and I said to her, "Pretty girl, I think you're grand!"
She answered me and said, "Of course - I come from Ireland."

Polly-wolly-roo-wack-too-rye-ah - I come from Ireland.

"That's very nice, I'm sure," I said, "You do the country proud,
But would you like to take a walk somewhere beyond the crowd?"
She said that was a pleasant thought, so we began to roam,
And soon we reached a building grand, where this girl made her home.

Polly-wolly-roo-wack-too-rye-ah-whack-tither-oh - where this girl made her home.

She asked me to take off my coat, and rest myself awhile;
She stepped into another room, which caused me for to smile.
She soon came back to where I sat - she didn't keep me long -
And sitting down beside me, said, "I think I'll sing a song."

Polly-wolly-roo-wack-too-rye-ah-whack-tither-wither-polly-wolly-doo - "I think I'll sing a song."

And so this girl begin to sing in a voice both loud and clear;
She sang of dear old Ireland, the country she held dear.
She sang me songs I'd never heard; she'd learned them from her mother --
And when one song was finished, well, she'd start out with another.

Polly-wolly-roo-wack-too-rye-ah-whack-tither-wither-polly-wolly-doo - "She'd start out with another."

The hours went slipping quickly by, till daylight all had gone;
The night came all around us, but still she sang right on,
And when the morning came at last, I said, "I'll have to go;
It's been a very pleasant time, and now this much I know:
Ireland has leprechauns; she's suffered many wrongs;
Ireland has peat-bog fires...and an awful lot of songs!"

Polly-wolly-roo-wack-too-rye-ah-whack-whack-too-ra-lee-eye-oh.... (etc.)


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 15 Apr 21 - 04:24 AM

AS I ROVED OUT aka The Deluded Lover

’As I roved out on a bright May morning
To view the flowers and meadows gay,
Who did I spy but my own true-lover
As she sat under yon willow tree.’

Mainly Norfolk:Lyrics and Info    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/june.tabor/songs/asirovedout.html
June Tabor - As I Roved Out     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSPI6FyBs_A
As I Roved Out - Andy Irvine    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXvCGwAmaec
As I roved out - Planxty 1979    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN9Y3ChP1go
As I Roved Out · Cara Dillon · Sam Lakeman     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21iJfvRYnSI
Voice Squad - As I Roved Outhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUiXUiWZDS0   
As I roved out (On a bright May morning) LYRICS - Niamh Parsonshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqaAbKxxfgg
As I Roved Out - Michelle Holding and Bonz   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2x87fiXCws
Brigid Tunney - As I Roved Out   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOlZhqrVrQU
As I Roved Out - Kate Rusby    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b9L8RplnSw


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: JHW
Date: 16 Apr 21 - 04:31 AM

LISBON It was on one Whitsun Wednesday, the 14th day of May.
WHEN I WAS ON HORSEBACK
Wasn't I pretty when I entered Cork city and met with my downfall on the 14th of May.



LISBON  aka   William and Nancy's Parting

’’And it was on one Whitsun Wednesday, the fourteenth day of May,
That we untied our anchor, and so we sailed away,
Where the sun do shine most glorious, to Lisbon we were bound,
Where the hills and fields are daintied with pretty maidens around.’

Mainly Norfolk: Song Lyrics & Info   
https://mainlynorfolk.info/nic.jones/songs/williamandnancysparting.html
June Tabor - Lisbon     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_l13JntizU
Lisbon · John Roberts & Tony Barrand    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pXqnblpC3s&list=RD2pXqnblpC3s&start_radio=1&t=5
Lisbon · The Broadside from Grimsby   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r1HfNIPUFc

MUDCAT:Origins: William and Nancy's Parting    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=153172


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 16 Apr 21 - 06:27 PM

Mainly Norfolk; Seventeen Come Sunday / As I Roved Out / One May Morning / The Soldier and the Maid

The Broadside from Grimsby sang Seventeen Come Sunday on their 1973 Topic album of songs and ballads collected in Lincolnshire, The Moon Shone Bright. Nine of the fourteen songs on this album were collected by Percy Grainger in 1905 and 1906, amongst them this one. The Broadside commented in their liner notes: Seventeen Come Sunday, from Fred Atkinson of Redbourne, [9 September] 1905. A fine sturdy Dorian tune to one of the most widely-known sets of words. When Grainger published this song in 1912 he had to omit the seventh stanza. The Broadside sing Seventeen Come Sunday;

As I rose up one May morning,
One May morning so early,
I overtook a pretty fair maid
Just as the day was dawning.

Chorus (repeated after each verse):
With me ru-rum ray,
Fother riddle ay
Wok fol lare diddle-i-do

Her stockings white and her boots so bright
And her buckling shone like silver.
She had a dark and a rolling eye
And her hair hung over her shoulders.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 16 Apr 21 - 06:43 PM

Thank you henryp,

SEVENTEEN COME SUNDAY
“As I walked out one May morning”

Mainly Norfolkinfo:    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/louis.killen/songs/seventeencomesunday.html

Seventeen Come Sunday [Roud 277]- Harry Cox    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSfn00nFHB4
Steeleye Span - Seventeen Come Sunday (Live   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9HB2naC13w
Fairport Convention - Seventeen Come Sunday   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72zjb_GU3jg
Percy Grainger - I'm seventeen come Sunday    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlF7t_WcXnY


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 17 Apr 21 - 12:53 PM

BOLD ARCHER

As I rode out one May morning,
All at the dawning of the day,
I heard two brothers making moan,
And listened a while to what they did say.'


The second track,at 4.06, on this YouTube recording- “On Banks of Green Willow” (1976) (Full Album) is Bold Archer-Tony Rose     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoMMyHB0PT8

Mainly Norfolk Lyrics and Song Info    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/tony.rose/songs/boldarcher.html
   

Bold Archer - Debra Cowan   <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SwRtzpGIcI BR>


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Joe_F
Date: 17 Apr 21 - 09:52 PM

Because May Day is (was?) the principal socialist holiday, there are many May *Day* songs from socialist and communist countries. A well-known one from the USSR is "Moskva" ("Moscow"):

Utro krasit nezhnym tsvetom
Steny drevnovo Kremlya.
Prosypayetsa s rassvetom
Vsya sovetskaya zemlya.
Kholodok bezhit za vorot.
Shum na ulitsakh sil'ney.
S dobrim utrom, milyy gorod,
Serdtse rodini moyey!

Kipuchaya, moguchaya,
Nikem ne povedimaya,
Strana moya, Moskva moya,
Ty samaya lubimaya!

(From memory, with inconsistent transliteration)


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 18 Apr 21 - 07:18 AM

Thanks Joe F is this the right one? Sounds too modern and not very socialist. Translation and videos
https://www.google.com/search?q=moscow+song+lyrics&rlz=1C1CHBD_en-GBGB775GB775&oq=%22Moskva%22+song&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0i10l3j46


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Reinhard
Date: 18 Apr 21 - 09:55 AM

No Geoff, Dschinghis Khan's "Moskau" was a 1979 German pop song.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 19 Apr 21 - 06:57 PM

MAY MORNING· Runrig    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui2X6u3XJ0o


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Monique
Date: 20 Apr 21 - 02:53 AM

Here are Joe F's lyrics from there.

Утро красит нежным светом
Стены древнего Кремля,
Просыпается с рассветом
Вся советская земля.
Холодок бежит за ворот,
Шум на улицах сильней.
С добрым утром, милый город,
Сердце Родины моей!

Припев:
Кипучая, Могучая,
Никем непобедимая,
Страна моя,
Москва моя,
Ты - самая любимая!

Разгорелся день веселый,
Морем улицы шумят.
Из открытых окон школы
Слышны крики октябрят.
Май течет рекой нарядной
По широкой мостовой,
Льется песней необъятной
Над красавицей Москвой.

Припев.

День уходит, и прохлада
Освежает и бодрит...
Отдохнувши от парада,
Город праздничный гудит.
Вот когда встречаться парам!
Говорлива и жива,
По садам и по бульварам
Растекается Москва.

Припев.

Стала ночь на день похожей
Море света над толпой.
Эй, товарищ, эй, прохожий,
С нами вместе песню пой!
Погляди - поет и пляшет
Вся Советская страна.
Нет тебя светлей и краше,
Наша красная весна!

Припев.

Голубой рассвет глядится
В тишину Москвы - реки,
И поют ночные птицы -
Паровозные гудки.
Бьют часы кремлевской башни,
Гаснут звезды, тает день...
До свиданья, день вчерашний, -
Здравствуй, новый светлый день!


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Greum
Date: 20 Apr 21 - 03:06 PM

Staines Morris
                                                                                        Capo 2nd fret

Come ye young men, come along,
With your music, dance and song.
Bring your lasses in your hands
For ’tis that which love commands.

Chorus:
Then to the maypole haste away
For ’tis now our holiday
Then to the maypole haste away
For ’tis now our holiday

’Tis the choice time of the year
For the violets now appear.
Now the rose receives its birth
And the pretty primrose decks the earth.

And when you well reckoned have
What kisses you your sweethearts gave,
Take them all again and more,
It will never make them poor.

When you thus have spent your time
Till the day be past its prime
To your beds repair at night
And dream there of your day’s delight.

(repeat first verse)


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 20 Apr 21 - 05:07 PM

STAINES MORRIS
Morris On-Staines Morris   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMIrYeHwyOU
Staines Morris (feat. Dave Swarbrick) · Martin Carthy     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNxqtguU6As
Staines Morris-The Askew Sisters     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyZpq329Xt0
Staines Morris -Maddy Prior     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v
Staines Morris · The Virginia Company   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za8a0qdgDmAv=DZmlgZlAPvU">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZmlgZlAPvU
Staines Morris · John Roberts & Tony Barrand    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za8a0qdgDmA
Shirley Collins - Staines Morris    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbV3TWXXgfQ
Mainly Norfolk:Lyrics and Song Info    https://mainlynorfolk.info/martin.carthy/songs/stainesmorris.html

Thanks Greum


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 21 Apr 21 - 08:50 AM

PLEASANT MONTH OF MAY
Pleasant Month of May · Quadriga Consort · Nikolaus Newerkla    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKrlCPMbFvc&list=OLAK5uy_nDT3qk27Ih78IvJbgXzbcC2iGKEhl1D7k


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Subject: lyr add: Dh'eirich Mi Madainn Cheitein (Gaeiic)
From: Felipa
Date: 21 Apr 21 - 04:25 PM

Dh'eirich Mi Madainn Cheitein (Dh'éirich mi moch madainn Chéitein)    10I arose early on a May morning. is a waulking song, sung while "waulking" or "fulling" newly-woven tweed. It is in Scottish Gaelic.
You can find recordings on youtube, performed by
Kathleen Mac Innes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_jVUs9bAGI

Ainsley Hamill & Alastair Paterson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJn8MewHwhk
Margaret Bennett and Martyn Bennett
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFNfG42ExRM=YFNfG42ExRM

Dh'éirich mi moch madainn Chéitein

Fail ill é hill ù hill
ó Hiuraibh ó na hó ro éile
Fail ill é hill ù hill ó.

Dh'éirich mi moch madainn Chéitin,
Mas moch an diugh bu mhuich' an dé e.
'S binn a' chòisir rinn mi éisdeachd.
Smeòraichean air bhàrr nan geugan,
Uiseagan os cionn an t-sléibhe.   

'5 bòidhche fhiamh 's a' ghrian ag éirigh,
Madainn chiùin fo dhriùchd nan speuran,
Bric air linneachan a'leumraich.
Leanaidh slàinte agus éibhneas
Riù-san a bhios moch ag éirigh.

translation

I arose early on a May morning.   
If early today it was earlier yesterday.   
Sweet was the choir I listened to,
thrushes on the tops of the branches, larks above the moor.   Beautiful is the prospect, with the sun rising,
a calm morning under the dew of the heavens,
trout leaping in the pools.   
There will follow health and happiness
for those who rise early

and another version

Faill il o hill u ill o
Hiùraibh o 's na hòro èile
Faill il o hill u ill o

Chuala mise sgeul bha èibhinn
Gun robh gaisgich dheas air èirigh
A chur beatha 'n cainnt na Fèinne
Chaidh iad cruinn a ceann a chèile
Thuirt iad gu robh chànan feumail
Anns an sgoil cho math ri Beurla
Siud an duine a rinn feum dhuinn
Siud an duine a rinn feum dhuinn
Friseal Mac an Tòisich gleusta
Togaibh luinneag agus sèist dha
Àrdaichear e gus na speuran
Leis na Gàidheil 's gach àite 'n tèid e

Hiùraibh o 's na hòro èile
Faill il o hill u ill o

English Translation:

Hiùraibh o 's na hòro èile
Faill il o hill u ill o

I arose early one May morning

Chorus (after each verse):
Faill il o hill u ill o
Hiùraibh o 's na hòro èile
Faill il o hill u ill o

I heard news which gladdened me
That the able heroes had risen
To put spirit in the language of the Feinne
They had gathered together
Declaring the language of use
In the schools as well as English
Now there was a man
Now there was a man
Wise Fraser MacIntosh
Sing songs and tunes for him
Let him be praised to the heavens
By the Gaels wherever he goes

Hiùraibh o 's na hòro èile
Faill il o hill u ill o

-----------------------
After I pasted all that in, I found the existent Mudcat thread I missed on a previous search https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=122289


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 21 Apr 21 - 06:25 PM

Some great May songs collected in Leicestershire in this publication
https://www.le.ac.uk/lahs/downloads/1964-65/1964-65%20(40)%2069-84%20Ruddock.pdf


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 22 Apr 21 - 07:05 PM

Thanks Tug the Cox, here's a blue clicky of your link
https://www.le.ac.uk/lahs/downloads/1964-65/1964-65%20(40)%2069-84%20Ruddock.pdf


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 23 Apr 21 - 05:35 AM

PLEASANT AS MAY
Pleasant as May · Dolly Parton · Linda Ronstadt · Emmylou Harris   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5-Lcr3DESY


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 25 Apr 21 - 04:08 AM

THE SPOTTED COW

'One morning in the month of May
As from my cott I strayed
Just at the dawning of the day
I met with a charming maid'

Mainly Norfolk info:    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/peter.bellamy/songs/thespottedcow.html

Steeleye Span - Spotted Cow     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk603h525jI
The Spotted Cow · Peter Bellamy    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MYqr44y8o4
The Spotted Cow [Roud 956] -Harry Cox     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YauMrpadwU0
Spotted Cow · Paul Scourfield     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lsdwFOg0GM
Matt Quinn sings "The Spotted Cow"     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D_lPBkyLqA


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 27 Apr 21 - 12:55 PM

A PLACE CALLED ENGLAND

I rode out on a bright May morning like a hero in a song,
Looking for a place called England, trying to find where I belong.
Couldn't find the old flood meadow or the house that I once knew;
No trace of the little river or the garden where I grew.


Mainly Norfolk:song lyrics and info    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/june.tabor/songs/aplacecalledengland.html
June Tabor - Place Called England     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV6xiU4XyoM
A Place Called England · The Young'uns     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtPndIJ2Jqk
Red Leicester Choir - A Place Called England    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA8Cs8Mn-Eo
Maggie Holland - A Place Called England   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i9IUHwW-2A (thanks for the link Reinhard)

Thanks to Ann Berriman (Willa) for suggesting this by singing it at last night's Not The White Horse Folk Club Zoom meeting .


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 28 Apr 21 - 07:10 AM

Morris Men (from Singing Together)

Whole thing at the above link, first verse to show the link to May:
Come and see the Morris men,
Dancing, dancing down the glen,
May be eight or nine or ten;
Oh, hear the fiddler playing;
They're going to the Maying.

A similar ending occurs in each verse


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 28 Apr 21 - 06:18 PM


CAMBRIDGE MAY SONG

Arise, arise, you pretty fair maids
And take your May Bush in
For if it is gone before tomorrow morn
You would say we have brought you none.

All through the night before daylight
There fell the dew and rain.
It sparkles bright on the May Bush white;
It glistens on the plain.

Oh, the hedges and fields are growing so green
As green as grass can be.
Our Heavenly Mother watereth them
With her heavenly dew so sweet.

A branch of May we'll bring to you
As at your door we stand.
It's not but a sprout, but 'tis well budded out
The work of Our Lady's hand.

Our song is done, it's time we were gone
We can no longer stay.
We bless you all, both great and small
And we send you a joyful May.


Mainly Norfolk Lyrics and song info    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/martin.carthy/songs/maysong.html

Cambridge May Song - Ruth Barrett & Cyntia Smith    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E9hhEAJ2TU


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 28 Apr 21 - 06:28 PM

ARISE, ARISE (Northill May Song)

Kerfuffle - Arise,Arise    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d5k5PKt9j4

Arise, arise, you pretty fair maid
And bring your May bush in,
For if it is gone by tomorrow, morrow morn,
You’ll say we have brought you none.

We have been wandering all this night
And almost all of the day,
And now we're returning back again,
We've brought you a branch of May.

A branch of May we have brought you,
And at your door it stands,
It's nothing but a sprout but it's well budded out
By the work of Our Lord's hand.


Mainly Norfolk Lyrics and song info     https://mainlynorfolk.info/martin.carthy/songs/maysong.html


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 28 Apr 21 - 06:52 PM

CAMBRIDGESHIRE MAY CAROL

Shirley Collins, Cambridgeshire May Carol   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o1vlSVK5jY


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 28 Apr 21 - 06:54 PM

BEDFORDSHIRE MAY DAY CAROL

Bedfordshire May Day Carol · Lisa Knapp and Mary Hampton      
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxIaC1yrusM
Shirley Collins - Bedfordshire May Carol    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFU1TQdH1N4

Mainly Norfolk Lyrics and song info     https://mainlynorfolk.info/martin.carthy/songs/maysong.html


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 30 Apr 21 - 08:28 AM

THE PLEASANT MONTH OF MAY

`Twas in the pleasant month of May,
In the springtime of the year,
And down in yonder meadow
There runs a river clear. ‘


Traditional Music Song Info & Lyrics
http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk-song-lyrics/Month_of_May.htm
Pleasant Month Of May · Lisa Knapp    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBZG79uYwCY&list=RDvszTcObmbTg&index=6
Pleasant Month of May-Copper Family    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSKz8jpWrWg
The Pleasant Month of May · Sam Larner    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0XOeKEBBQw
The Pleasant Month of May · Jackie Oates   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPIt77rDnoA


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Cool Beans
Date: 01 May 21 - 12:10 PM

APRIL MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE
My friend Dan Hazlett wrote (and performs) a lovely song called "April, May I Have This Dance" Covers April and May.
Not a great video, but...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3c5ASINVdY


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,Liane
Date: 01 May 21 - 06:21 PM

Has anyone else mentioned this beautiful song by Malicorne?

"The month of April has gone, the month of May has drawn near,
And let us marry the roses." [can that be right?]


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrBs1NjBBGo


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 May 21 - 07:02 PM

Thanks, GUEST,Liane -. Here is a Blue Click link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrBs1NjBBGo


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,Liane (not a guest, dammit--I'm unable to lo
Date: 01 May 21 - 08:40 PM

Thank you, Geoff. I tried unsuccessfully to make it clickable. I'm clearly unequipped for the twenty-first century.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,open mike
Date: 02 May 21 - 01:07 AM

What about this one?
"if there's a bustling in your hedge row
Dont' be alrmed now,
It's just a sprinkling (or spring clean?) for the May Queen."

stairway to heaven....Led Zeppelin...not folk,
but i remembered the word May from this song..

i always thought (until just now when i looked it up)
that it was a sprinkling..... another mondegreen revealed!


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,Jiggers
Date: 02 May 21 - 04:00 AM

I also think sprinkling and spring clean so you are not alone. It is a constructive musical track regardless and it is def a good time to spring clean in UK !!


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 May 21 - 05:11 AM

Thanks open mike- Blue clicklinks below

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven (Official Audio)   
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven (Official Audio)
Recording with Lyrics   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHFxncb1gRY


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Ged Fox
Date: 02 May 21 - 08:18 AM

In the pleasant month of May - Ged Fox "In the Pleasant Month of May"
from SONGS Compleat, Pleasant and Divertive ; Set to musick By Dr. JOHN BLOW, Mr. HENRY PURCELL, and other Excellent Masters of the Town.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Monique
Date: 02 May 21 - 01:56 PM



MARIONS LES ROSES

Le mois d'avril s'en est allé
Le mois de mai s'est approché

(Refrain)
Et marions les roses
Les roses font un beau bouquet
Les roses font un beau bouquet
Quand elles sont jolies.

Avons passé dedans vos prés
Les avons trouvés bien fumés

(Refrain)

Avons passé dedans vos blés
Oh comme ils sont tous bien grainés

(Refrain)

Mettez la main au nid des œufs
Que chaque main en prenne deux

(Refrain)

Moi qui suis le porte-panier
Je prendrais bien le nid entier

(Refrain)

Si vous n' voulez rien nous donner
À la porte nous allons crier.

LET'S MARRY THE ROSES

The month of April has gone
The month of May has drawn near

(Chorus)
And let's marry the roses,
Roses make a beautiful bouquet,
Roses make a beautiful bouquet
When they're pretty.

We went through your fields
We found them well manured.

(Chorus)

We went through your wheat fields
Oh, how much/well grainy they are!

(Chorus)

Put your hand into the eggs nest,
Let every hand take two.

(Chorus)

I, who am the basket carrier,
Would gladly take the whole nest

(Chorus)

If you don't want to give us anything,
At your door we're going to shout.

Malicorne live rendition (Hurdy gurdy festival in Anost, Summer 2013)

The BNF catalogue has a sheet music for 4-voice choir by Guy Delamorinière (1907 - ?). The song is said to be a "collection song" or whatever you call a "chanson de quête" in English = a song you sing whenever you go from door to door to collect money or anything else, here eggs. The song is said to be Provençal but the "Anthologie des chants populaires, 1" by Joseph Canteloube reads that the song is from the Albigeois and Lauragais areas of the Languedoc. The lyrics are a mix of Occitan and French -verses in Òc and chorus in French. The music is said to derive from Filii et filiœ. The Occitan chorus is about marrying girls which makes more sense than marrying roses.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Monique
Date: 02 May 21 - 02:49 PM



VOICI LE MOIS DE MAI

Voici le mois de mai où les fleurs volent au vent (x2)
Où les fleurs volent au vent si jolie mignonne,
Où les fleurs volent au vent si mignonnement.

Le fils du roi s'en va, s'en va les ramassant (x2)
S'en va les ramassant si jolie mignonne,
S'en va les ramassant si mignonnement.

Il en ramasse tant qu'il en remplit ses gants (x2)
Qu'il en remplit ses gants si jolie mignonne,
Qu'il en remplit ses gants si mignonnement.

Il les porte à sa mie pour lui faire un présent (x2)
Il les porte à sa mie si jolie mignonne,
Il les porte à sa mie si mignonnement.

Tenez, tenez, dit-il, tenez voici mes gants (x2)
Tenez, tenez mes gants, si jolie mignonne,
Tenez, tenez mes gants, si mignonnement.

Vous ne les mettrez guère que quatre fois par an (x2)
Que quatre fois par an si jolie mignonne,
Que quatre fois par an si mignonnement.

À Pâques, à la Toussaint, Noël et la Saint-Jean (x2)
Noël et la Saint-Jean, si jolie mignonne,
Noël et la Saint-Jean si mignonnement.

From Vendée-
Can be found in "1000 chants 3", J.E. Berthier, Les Presses d'Île de France, 1979,
"Anthologie des chants populaires français, III", Joseph Canteloube, Durant & Cie, 1951.

HERE COMES THE MONTH OF MAY

Here comes the month of May when flowers fly with the wind (x2)
Flowers fly with the wind, so nice and pretty, girl
Flowers fly with the wind so pretty nicely.

The king's son is a-picking, is a-picking them up (x2)
Is a-picking them up, so nice and pretty girl,
Is a-picking them up, so pretty nicely.

He picked so many of them that he filled out his gloves (x2)
That he filled out his gloves, so nice and pretty girl,
That he filled out his gloves, so pretty nicely.

He brings them as a present, a present to his love (x2)
A present to his love, so nice and pretty girl,
A present to his love, so pretty nicely.

Take them, take them he said, take them, here are my gloves (x2)
Take them, here are my gloves, so nice and pretty girl,
Take them here are my gloves, so pretty nicely.

You will seldom wear them, only four times a year
Only four times a year, so nice and pretty girl,
Only four times a year, so pretty nicely.

For Easter, for All Saints, Christmas and St John's Day (x2)
Christmas and St John's Day, so nice and pretty girl,
Christmas and St John's Day, so pretty nicely.

I took it from
Mama Lisa's World and I tried to make it singable when I translated it though if you try to sing the translation, you'll see that the stress of the words doesn't always match the tune.

As sung by Nana Mouskouri
As sung by Hommage aux Aînés (Quebec)
As sung by Askolenn


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Monique
Date: 02 May 21 - 02:51 PM

You'll find a whole bunch of May songs in French at Chants populaires français.com.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Monique
Date: 02 May 21 - 03:58 PM

Here is the Oc/French version of the song 3 posts above.



LO MES D'ABRIL SE N'ES ANAT

Lo mes d'abril se n'es anat
Lo mes de mai es arribat

(Repic)
Eh! Marions les filles,
Les filles font bon marier,
Les filles font bon marier
Quand elles sont gentilles.

Botatz la man au nid dels uòus
Que cada man ne'n pòrte nòu!

(Repic)

Io que soi lo pòrta-panièr
Portarei lo nid tot entièr!

(Repic)

S'avètz manhans* a espelir
Dieu vos los farà reussir!

(Repic)

S'avètz filhas a maridar
Dieu las vos farà ben plaçar!

(Repic)

E si nos volètz res donar
A vòtra pòrta anam c... ridar!**


THE MONTH OF APRIL HAS GONE

The month of April has gone
The month of May has arrived

(Chorus)
Hey, let's marry the girls,
The girls are good to marry,
The girls are good to marry
When they're nice.

Put your hand into the eggs nest,
Let every hand to bring nine!

(Chorus)

I, who am the basket-carrier,
Will carry the whole basket.

(Chorus)

If you have silk worms (eggs) about to hatch out
God will make them succeed!

(Chorus)

If you have daughters to marry off,
God will make you place them well

(Chorus)

And if you don't want to give us anything
At your door we're going to sh…out!

(Chorus)

*Southern France had an important silk farming production during the 19th century that slowly decreased till WW II when it disappeared. Today's production is anecdotal.
**In Canteloube it reads like that but in "Anthologie de la chanson occitane", Cécile Marie, Maisonneuve et Larose, 1975, it's spelled out "cagar" without the "c…ridar" thing which translates beautifully in French as "c… rier" and in English "sh…out".

As sung by
La Mal Coiffée (a 4 women band)


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 03 May 21 - 06:22 PM

CAMBRIDGE MAY GARLAND SONG

Cambridge May Garland Song - Mary Humphreys   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QbB3XOW9RM

Good morning, lords and ladies,
It is the first of May;
We hope you like our garland,
it is both fine and gay.

Refrain To the greenwoods we will go.
To the greenwood we will go,go, go,
To the greenwood we will go.

I’m very glad the spring has come
The sun is shine so bright
The little birds upon the threes
Are singing with delight

Refrain

The cuckoo sings in April,
The cuckoo sings in May,
The cuckoo sings in June,
In July she flies away.

Refrain

The roads are very dusty
Our shoes are very thin
We have a little money-box
To put our money in

Refrain


Bandcamp:Recording and Info   https://maryanahata.bandcamp.com/track/cambridge-may-garland-song


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 04 May 21 - 05:06 AM

MERRY MAY FOLK

MUDCAT:Lyr Add: Merry May Folk   
/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=169782&messages=3#4104629


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 May 21 - 05:49 AM

Well the Cornish Floral Dance, written by Katie Moss over a hundred years ago, in spite of its mentions of summer nights and summer seas, was actually inspired by the Helston Furry Dance, which takes place every year on May 8. So I'll claim that one for Kernow! I was brought up on the Peter Dawson recording, unsurpassed in m'humble.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 04 May 21 - 06:07 AM

THE FLORAL DANCE

78 RPM - Peter Dawson - The Floral Dance (1934)   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYMKJckTods
The Floral Dance TERRY WOGAN (with lyrics)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0THlRj2msOs


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,Jim Knowledge
Date: 04 May 21 - 06:54 AM

I `ad my nephew in the cab this morning. I was taking `im and `is mum round to the surgery. They are both going to get 24 `our virus tests.
My daughter works in the care business and `e wants to go to Bluewater shopping centre.
`e said, "Uncle Jim, do you and the band do May songs?"
I said, "Year we `ave quite a few up our sleeves."
`e said, "Which ones?"
I said, "Well there`s "Hal and To", "The First of May", "Padstow Night Singing", "Following the old `Oss", and one about dancing your sweetheart around, to name but a few."
Then `e said, " Do you like "Starwars??"
I said, "Well, I`ve seen some of`em"
Then `e said, "MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!"
Little Bugger.


Whaddam I Like??


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 May 21 - 06:59 AM

And his lithp kicked in for the punchline only! :-)


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 04 May 21 - 07:18 AM

"Whaddam I Like??" I give up, Jim. What are you like?


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,Jiggers
Date: 04 May 21 - 07:30 AM

The Burning of Auchindoon (alt spelling Auchindoun), is on my Silly Sisters CD and is sung by June Tabor and Maddy Prior.

As I came in by Fiddich side on a May morning
I spied Willie Macintosh an hour before the dawning

“Turn again, him again, turn again I bid ye
If ye burn Auchindoon, Huntly he will head ye.”

“Head me or hang me that will never fear me
I will burn Auchindoon ere the life leaves me.”

As I came in by Fiddich side on a May morning
Auchindoon was in a blaze an hour before the dawning

Crawing, crawing, for all your crowse crawing
You've burnt your crops and tint your wings
An hour before the dawning

Thanks GUEST,Jiggers here below are some recordings of your song

THE BURNING OF AUCHINDOUN
Alasdair Roberts - The Burning of Auchindoun    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSMIa6_6ww0
Moonshine Jelly performing "Burning Auchindoon"    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnWd2oPlJKs
Ed & Will - The Burning of Auchindoun   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62XsZ2wayrw


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 04 May 21 - 08:49 AM

The Codbanging Song Collected in Harwich, Essex by Ralph Vaughan Williams, as sung by Charles Benham, April 1904 Additional verses from Bob Hart of Suffolk. https://www.vwml.org/record/RoudFS/S231479

1. Come, come my lads and listen here A fisherman's song you soon shall hear
What I did and undergo When first I went a cod-banging O
Chorus
To my lal fol the day Riddle all day
This is the smacksman's life at sea

2. How well I remember the fourteenth of May A big barque ship she came our way
She came our way and she did let fly And the topsail halyards they flew sky high
Chorus

3. And now we draw near Harwich pier The young and the old folks they both draw near
To see us get our fish on deck And crack their skulls with a little short stick
Chorus

4. And now my song it is nearly done And I hope that I've offended none
But I don't think I've got it complete 'Cos I've only been in the trade about a week
Chorus



Thanks henryp -Here are some links for COD BANGING

Mainly Norfolk: song info   
https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/codbanging.html
Cod Banging · Bob Hart     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHlGiOQ771M


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 04 May 21 - 09:04 AM

The Fisherman Collected from James Punt, East Horndon, Essex by Ralph Vaughan Wiliiams, 1904. https://www.vwml.org/record/RVW2/2/59

1. As I walked out one May morning
Down by the riverside
And there I saw a fisherman
Come rowing down the tide.

Thanks ,henryp here is a blue clink link to ‘The Fisherman’ manuscript https://www.vwml.org/record/RVW2/2/59 It seems to be a slight variant of the song widely sung as ‘The Bold Fisherman’ ???

THE BOLD FISHERMAN

” As I walked out one May morning Down by the riverside,
There I beheld a bold fisherman Come a-rowing with the tide,”


Shirley Collins Bold Fisherman    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-0ZuCOLCwI
The Young Tradition - The Bold Fisherman    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Di5QwN3gEQ


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 04 May 21 - 09:25 AM

Mainly Norfolk; Sarah McQuaid sang The Wagoner's Lad in 2008 on her CD I Won't Go Home 'Til Morning. She noted:

There's another version of The Wagoner's Lad in my well-thumbed copy of Alan Lomax's Folk Songs of North America, credited "As sung by Buell Kazee, Eastern Ky., Folkways 7, 251" and Cecil Sharp gives four different versions in English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. The closest one to mine, melodically and lyrically, is that collected from Mrs. Jane Gentry at Hot Springs, North Carolina, on 14 September 1916 [VWML CJS2/9/242 ].

Mrs. Jane Gentry sings Wagoner's Lad;
In old North Carolina I was bred and was born, And in my own county I was a great scorn.
As I was a-riding one morning in May, I met as fair damsel as you ever might see.

I viewed her features and she pleased me well; I forced all on her my mind for to tell.
She quickly consented my bride for to be, But her parents wasn't willing for she to have me.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 04 May 21 - 09:41 AM

Ploughboy's Glory; http://www.joe-offer.com/folkinfo/songs/362.html Source: M Dawney, The Ploughboy's Glory, EFDSS, 1977 Part of the Butterworth collection (IV 261-262; V1a 61; VIIc, 86.) Sung by Mr Knight, Horsham, April 1907.

Micheal Dawney wrote: The pitch in V1a, 61 was of G; in VIIc, 86 of Bflat; words and music of the first stanza fitted together by the editor. The song is also known as 'The Lark in the Morn' or 'The Painful Plough', of which there are many versions in Sharp (1974). A version entitled 'The Painful Plough' appears in Broadwood (1983) and entitled 'The Ploughboy' in Williams (1923).

There is April, there is May, there is June and July,
What a pleasure to see the corn grow.
And when August draws nigh, we will reap sheaves and tie,
Go down with our scythes for to mow.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,John from Kemsing
Date: 04 May 21 - 11:58 AM

QUEEN OF THE MAY
I`m quite surprised no one has suggested the Larry McClaughlan song with the chorus line, "For you are my Queen of the May".

This one John?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-9NjBAmu40
But probably not this Queen of the May https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_fln4An7G4

From: GUEST,John from Kemsing - PM Date: 06 May 21 - 05:00 AM

Yes. The first one is the song I referred to. Spot on.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 May 21 - 06:12 PM

When I were a little lad in my Catholic primary school, every May we would sing, lustily, Bring Flowers Of The Rarest, in honour of the mother of Jesus. The chorus went:

"O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today
Queen of the angels and Queen of the May..."

It was written by Mary Walsh in Victorian times.

Thanks Steve Shaw Here are some performances of
BRING FLOWERS OF THE RAREST
Bring Flowers Of The Rarest, May Crowning Song   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTeWWa4J700
Frank Patterson sings Bring Flowers Of The Rarest    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFCg2zEToVU
Lyrics & Info    http://www.catholictradition.org/Mary/rarest.htm


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 05 May 21 - 04:51 AM

THE JAM ON JERRY’S ROCK

Now they buried him quite decently all on the (fifth) of May,
And all his brave young comrades o'er his dead form they did pray;


The Jam on Jerry's Rock · The Limeliters   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DlVKlWvOIc
Pete Seeger – The Jam On Gerry's Rocks    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtpTVXKi5rA
Jam on Gerry's Rock · Lissa Schneckenburger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEIOhT0rYYw
YouTube video by Banjerholler and sheet music http://www.wtv-zone.com/phyrst/audio/nfld/05/gary.htm
The Jam On Gerry's Rock · The Wakami Wailers    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wEoUSbIwJA
          Wikipedia: Song Info                                   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam_on_Gerry%27s_Rock


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 05 May 21 - 12:00 PM

THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY
Merry Month of May · Sam Larner    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYKWv6KkC6o&list=PLDof_m84v5PoILBdTR7mehBInwDDphXaA&index=2


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 05 May 21 - 07:14 PM

DOWN BY THE GREEN GROVES   aka The Birds In The Spring

One May morning early I chanced for to roam
And strolled through the field by the side of the grove.


Mainly Norfolk:Song Lyrics & Info   
https://mainlynorfolk.info/copperfamily/songs/thebirdsinthespring.html
Down by the Green Groves · Peter Bellamy     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_OhjZSGaUU
The Birds In The Spring by the Copper Family    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpMNxVRSu3I&list=PLufSRA7tKQp4hrXigqOnLffeCnvpuE7SH&index=2


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,John from Kemsing
Date: 06 May 21 - 05:00 AM

Yes. The first one is the song I referred to. Spot on.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 06 May 21 - 05:32 AM

THIS SWEET AND MERRY MONTH OF MAY
This Sweet and Merry Month of May · The Sixteen   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGPh2OI_baU
William Byrd: Sweet and Merry Month of May - The Festival Choir of Madison     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkbOojg0-x8
The First Sett of Italian Madrigalls Englished: No. 28, This Sweet and Merry Month of May - The King's Singers    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKRdbYzh9Hg


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 06 May 21 - 06:00 AM


May 7, 1915
The British passenger ship Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland, losing 1,198 of its 1,924 passengers. The attack hastened neutral America's entry into World War I.

"When the Lusitania Went Down"     Columbia A1772    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cRaYYZzmVw


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 07 May 21 - 09:25 AM

WHILE STROLLING THROUGH THE PARK ONE DAY
While strolling in the park one day
All in the merry month of May
A roguish pair of eyes, they took me by surprise
In a moment my poor heart was stole away!


While Strolling Through The Park One Day   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiLFsocpwRQ
While Strolling Through the Park - Barbershop Quartet   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noBLXQY4yuA
Fountain in the Park (1884)- Sheet Music Singer   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r55kqvyTI5c


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 08 May 21 - 03:43 AM

MAY 8 1838 The launch of The People's Charter
THE SONG OF THE LOW
Mainly Norfolk song info    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/martin.carthy/songs/thesongofthelowerclasses.html
The Song of the Lower Classes · Martin Carthy     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_zjZ8OzGik
Song of the Lower Classes · Adam Rees    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-u5gnl0yFA
Song of the Lower Classes · Ewan McLennan    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIsl5THDyhM
Song Of The Lower Classes, Gurt Lush Choir, Holy Nativity Church, Knowle, Bristol, 2019     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hkDfeB9ZBo


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 08 May 21 - 03:46 AM

THE CHARTIST ANTHEM
The Chartist Anthem - Chumbawamba   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waRwJZFoJmw
Mudcat; Origins: Songs from the Chartist movement    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=99668


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 08 May 21 - 08:38 AM

MERA MAGIOU
Mera Magioú (A Day in May), lyrics by Yannis Ritsos, music by Mikis Theodorakis.
Here is a recording.

Liner notes to the CD, From Greece With Love, give the lyrics, in English translation, as

You went away on a day in May, my son;
I lost you in the Spring which you loved so much.
You went up onto the terrace
And greedily drank the daylight with your eyes.
You told me about the great world
In your sweet, manly voice,
And you promised me that one day
It would belong to both of us.
But now you have been extinguished,
And my light has been extinguished, too.


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