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Any May songs?

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GeoffLawes 30 Mar 21 - 06:42 PM
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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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