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Any May songs?

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GeoffLawes 08 May 21 - 03:46 AM
GeoffLawes 08 May 21 - 03:43 AM
GeoffLawes 07 May 21 - 09:25 AM
GeoffLawes 06 May 21 - 06:00 AM
GeoffLawes 06 May 21 - 05:32 AM
GUEST,John from Kemsing 06 May 21 - 05:00 AM
GeoffLawes 05 May 21 - 07:14 PM
GeoffLawes 05 May 21 - 12:00 PM
GeoffLawes 05 May 21 - 04:51 AM
Steve Shaw 04 May 21 - 06:12 PM
GUEST,John from Kemsing 04 May 21 - 11:58 AM
GUEST,henryp 04 May 21 - 09:41 AM
GUEST,henryp 04 May 21 - 09:25 AM
GUEST,henryp 04 May 21 - 09:04 AM
GUEST,henryp 04 May 21 - 08:49 AM
GUEST,Jiggers 04 May 21 - 07:30 AM
GerryM 04 May 21 - 07:18 AM
Steve Shaw 04 May 21 - 06:59 AM
GUEST,Jim Knowledge 04 May 21 - 06:54 AM
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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 - 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: 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: 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: 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,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 - 09:04 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 - 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,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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 - 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: 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: 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: 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 - 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 - 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: 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: 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: 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: 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,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: 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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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 - 06:28 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 - 06:18 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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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: 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: 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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