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Any May songs?

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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: oldhippie
Date: 30 Nov 21 - 01:50 PM

May Song (translated from German)

How wonderful is Maytime
With Flowers in bloom everywhere
If she with me would stay
In all the splendor of Maytime
My heart would be happy and gay.

I would that my beloved
Were here my joy to share
If she with me would stay
In all the splendor of Maytime
My heart would be happy and gay.

As published in The Ditty Bag" 1946 by Janet Tobitt


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 30 Nov 21 - 08:14 AM

THE KENT STATE MASSACRE

The Kent State shootings, also known as the May 4 massacre and the Kent State massacre, were the killings of four and wounding of nine other unarmed Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970 in Kent, Ohio

More from Wikipedia   
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings#:~:text=The%20Kent%20State%20shootings%2C%20also,64%20km)%20south%20of%20Clev
The Kent State Massacre- Barbara Dane     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCb0v6TlRAo


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 30 Nov 21 - 08:02 AM

GUEST,    I get it - May You Never    maybe not.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Nov 21 - 04:50 AM

https://youtu.be/LOi_wxypeGc


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 30 Nov 21 - 04:29 AM

THE ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS

Composed by Stan Ransom in 1992 for the 100th anniversary of the Adirondack Park. (
recording)


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 30 Nov 21 - 04:12 AM

May 20, 1892: The act is signed that creates the Adirondack Park.
This date is also the birthday of Harold K. Hochschild, the founder of the Adirondack Museum.

DON'T FORGET TO THANK HAROLD
by Dan Berggren (
recording 1992)

On the twentieth of May in 1892,
The Adirondack Park was brand-spanking-new.
So was Harold Hochschild, that’s his birthday, too
And he left a lot of presents for me and you


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 30 Nov 21 - 02:48 AM

BLACKBERRY WINTER

Written by Louise Mosrie and Mike Richardson

On the first day of May, frost lay on the vine
When just yesterday, it was warm as summertime
But the North wind did bring her cold heart with her
Now we're in the middle of a blackberry winter


Lyrics
Sung by Louise Mosrie on her album Home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY7g0278Xb8


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 05 Nov 21 - 09:32 AM

WITH HER HEAD TUCKED UNDERNEATH HER ARM

On 19 May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was executed by beheading.

Many recordings of “ With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm “ on YouTube   
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=With+Her+Head+Tucked+Underneath+Her+Arm+
With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm From Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/With_Her_Head_Tucked_Underneath_Her_Arm
MUDCAT:DT Lyrics ANNE BOLEYN(R.L. Weston and Bert Lee.) @displaysong.cfm?SongID=297


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Levana Taylor
Date: 28 Oct 21 - 01:40 AM

SOUTH CAROLINA MOON
Dan Berggren (2002)
Video

As I look across the porch tonight I see you sitting there,
Resting with your eyes closed, rocking in the chair.
We worked so hard clearing the yard and a thousand other things,
But now they're done and I'm with the one who makes me want to sing.

CHORUS (after each verse):
At the end of a long, hard day,
An unusually hot month of May,
Shooting the breeze as we look through the trees
At the South Carolina in the sky,
At the South Carolina moon.

It was ninety degrees when we stopped to eat, and hotter when supper was done.
A ride in the boat was the only way to put up with the sun.
As the river rolled on, with you in my arms, we let the day float away;
Then back to the shore and I walked to the door of the porch at the end of the day.

Sitting here with the one I love makes me feel so good;
Just like when it's cold in winter and you know you've got lots of wood,
Like a race that's won or a job well done -- I hope you feel it too:
That feeling inside, there's nothing to hide, that's why I sing for you.


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Subject: RE: Magherafelt May Fair
From: Felipa
Date: 26 Oct 21 - 04:51 PM

please correct me/ That link is for the Magherafelt Hiring Fair

see https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=72675 for the Magherafelt May Fair


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Subject: RE: Magherafelt May Fair
From: Felipa
Date: 26 Oct 21 - 04:48 PM

The lyrics for the Magherafelt May Fair are posted on Mudcat in a thread re Hiring Fair songs https://mudcat.org/Detail.CFM?messages__Message_ID=925934

Other singers who recorded Magherafelt May Fair include Kevin Mitchell, Gemma Hasson and Maranna McCluskey, and Rosemary Nugent with the Pride of Erin Céili Band


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 26 Oct 21 - 06:00 AM

ELLON FAIR

T’was in the merry month of May
When flowers had clad the landscape gay
To Ellon fair I bent my way
With hopes to find amusement.


Lyrics in article about Bothy Ballads   
http://www.nefa.net/archive/songmusicdance/bothy/index.htm


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 24 Oct 21 - 04:36 PM

MAGHERAFELT MAY FAIR:    Many recordings on Youtube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=+%22The+Magherafelt+May+Fair%22
Seamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music at Boston College Libraries: Music, Info, Lyrics & Recording     https://connollymusiccollection.bc.edu/document/542


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 17 Aug 21 - 07:57 PM

JACK THE SAILOR

Well, as I walked out one May morning
By the seaside as I was a-walking
'Twas there I saw a pretty maid
Along with her father talking.


Mainly Norfolk: Lyrics & Info    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/jackthesailor.html
Chris Foster at the Gypsy Davey Folk Club,at 57mins, sings Jack The Sailor     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5820n1glAw    


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 17 Aug 21 - 06:45 PM

British Library Sounds, Steve-Gardham-Collection     https://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Steve-Gardham-Collection/025M-C1009X0008XX-1800V0
Link to BALL OF YARN posting above


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 17 Aug 21 - 09:51 AM

LITTLE BALL OF YARN
on the twenty-first of May I was passing by that way
On the way to my grandfather's farm
When I saw a pretty maid and unto her I said,
'Can I wind up your little ball of yarn?'


Another version of The Little Ball Of Yarn
From An East Riding Songster, collected and edited by Steve Gardham, 1982


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GerryM
Date: 07 Aug 21 - 09:22 AM

LEDGE - END OF THE FIDDLER by Nick Apollonio.

Now the fiddler and Jim Brown set out on the thirty-first of May   
To play the dance at Rockland thirteen miles across the bay
With the wind southeast on the sunlit sea their pinky skipped along
Their hearts were full as the rising moon and the air was full of song.


[Also, the last stanza mentions June.]

Recording by Gordon Bok.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 11:50 AM

THE GALWAY SHAWL

Mainly Norfolk:Lyrics & Info   
https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/thegalwayshawl.html    
Many recordings on YouTube     https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+Galway+Shawl
MUDCAT:Origins: Galway Shawl - author         /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=72825&messages=43


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,Jiggers
Date: 18 Jul 21 - 08:06 AM

THE GALWAY SHAWL

In Oranmore in the county Galway
One pleasant evening in the month of May
I spied a damsel; she was young and handsome
Her beauty fairly took my breath away


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 25 Jun 21 - 06:09 PM

AR BEN WAUN TREDEGAR

Ar ben Waun Tredegar mae eirin a chnau
Ar ben Waun Tredegar mae ’fale mis Mai.


English Translation
On Tredegar moor there are berries and nuts
On Tredegar moor there are are apples in May,


Various recordings on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Ar+Ben+Waun+Tredegar


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 24 Jun 21 - 05:09 PM

WE’LL ALL GO A-HUNTING TODAY

What a fine hunting day, it's as balmy as May,
When the hounds to our village did come.
Every friend will be there, and all troubles and care
Will be left far behind them at home.


Nick & Mally Dow English Folk Music Collection    
https://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Nick-and-Mally-Dow-Collection/025M-C1012X0018XX-0300V0
We'll All Go A-Hunting Today Song - The Watersons     https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=9ijZaeT_YEQ&list=RDAMVM9ijZaeT_YEQ

Mainly Norfolk Lyrics & Info/     https://mainlynorfolk.info/watersons/songs/wellallgoahuntingtoday.html
MUDCAT: Origins: The Hunting Day / Fine Hunting Day     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=147208


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 24 Jun 21 - 10:38 AM


Thank you Felipa,

THE ANGLESEY

'It was one fine day in the month o' May
An' I was outward bound.'


Peter Kasin - Anglesey.    https://www.nps.gov/av/pwr/avElement/safr-TheAngleseycards.mp4
The Anglesey (a YouTube collaboration) [587-589]     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1bQ0--oSbQ
MUDCAT: Origins: (On Board) The Anglesey (from Hugill)     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=170031&messages=2


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 24 Jun 21 - 08:32 AM

The Anglesey (name of a boat) https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=170031


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 22 Jun 21 - 01:05 PM


CAPTAIN WOODSTOCK’S COURTSHIP

As I rode out one May morning
Down by a shady lane.
I met with Captain Woodstock,
The keeper of the game


Captain Woodstock's Courtship · Ian & Sylvia   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKseqHNJejs

A version of "Captain Wedderburn's Courtship", set in May.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 13 Jun 21 - 12:22 PM

DH’EIRICH MI MOCH MADAINN CHEITEIN
I should have included
Dh'èirich mi moch madainn Chèitein , I rose early on a May morning.
Here is a performance byAinsley Hamill & Alistair Paterson

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Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim "traces his interest in theatre to VERY WARM FOR MAY, a Broadway musical he saw when he was nine." (Wikipedia article, source given as Henry, William A, III (December 7, 1987). "Master of the Musical; Stephen Sondheim Applies a Relentless". Time.)


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 11 Jun 21 - 06:13 PM

There are so many May songs that we should have twice as many singarounds in the month of May as we have in any other month. '

I'm thinking of a thread just for songs in Scottish Gaelic with the word Cèitean (May) in them. Or the alternatives, Maigh (a' Mhaigh) or Bealtainn . Bealtainn is the Celtic May day, but in Irish Bealtaine is also the modern name for the month of May.

THOIR MO SHORAIDH THAR GHUNANIDH
Thoir Mo Shoraidh Thar Ghunanidh has the lines

Far an cluinnear a' chuthag
Air gach bruthach ro Bhealltainn.
Rachel Walker singing Thoir Mo Shoraidh Thar Ghunnaidh

(Where the cuckoo is heard On every brae before the feast of Beltane (in May)

THIG AN SMEORACH A’S T- EARRACH
Thig An Smeòrach As t-Earrach
Thig an smeòrach a's t-Earrach        The thrush will come in spring
Thig a' chuthag 's a'Chèitinn        The cuckoo will come in May
Bi gach eun anns a'choille        And every bird in the forest
Cumail coinneamh le chèile        Will meet together

Ishbel Macaskill singing Thig an Smeòrach as t-Earrach

MO BHEANNACHD DHAN BHAILLIDH UR
Mo Bheannachd dhan Bhaillidh Úr

'S fhuair thu i 'n Cèitean a h-òig'.
You won her in the May of her youth

Mo Bheannachd dhan Bhaillidh Úr sung by Julie Fowlis but without the line about an Cèitean

Tha mo Ghaol air Ard a' Chuan is already listed. I'm sure there are many more!


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 07 Jun 21 - 06:22 PM


THE WEAVER AND THE FACTORY MAID
The Weaver and the Factory Maid (which goes under other similar titles such as the Weaver and his Sweetheart, the Weaver and the Factory Maid, The Handweaver and the Factory Maid; has a verse

My father to me scornful said
How could you fancy a factory maid
When you could have girls fine and gay
And dressed like to the QUEEN OF MAY

https://mainlynorfolk.info/lloyd/songs/theweaverandthefactorymaid.html

(I've searched this thread for the word "weaver" and didn't find it, so I think this entry is not a repetition of any previous listings)


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Subject: What about a tune called The First of May?
From: Felipa
Date: 07 Jun 21 - 03:50 PM


FIRST OF MAY HORNPIPE

I pressed send by accident
The First of May hornpipe does have several other names
info from Dick Glasgow's video notes
"The hornpipe was published around 1826 in Scotland in Anderson's Fifty New Scottish and Irish Reels and Hornpipes under the title 'Lady Harrington's Reel'.
"The melody was employed as the vehicle for the song 'The Little Skillet Pot'/'Colcannon', composed by 78 rpm-era singer and uilleann piper Shaun O'Nolan."

tune sheets:
https://tunearch.org/wiki/First_of_May_(1)

https://thesession.org/tunes/1627

Does the Colcannon song qualify as a May song if sung to the tune of the First of May? (I think that would be stretching it)


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Subject: What about a tune called The First of May?
From: Felipa
Date: 07 Jun 21 - 03:43 PM

There are several recordings posted on youtube of a hornpipe entitled The First of May


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 02 Jun 21 - 03:55 PM


APRIL SHOWERS
Al Jolson - "April Showers"

Though April showers may come your way,
They bring the flowers that bloom in May.
So if it's raining, have no regrets,
Because it isn't raining rain, you know,
It's raining violets.

April Showers - Al Jolson (1921)   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Z0odJJj00


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 02 Jun 21 - 03:54 PM

From folkradio 1 May 2017; Lisa Knapp seems to have a fascination with May: in 2012 she released Hunt The Hare: A Branch Of May.

Accordingly, Till April Is Dead is made up of equal parts darkness and light. It is clear from the first sounds of opener The Night Before May Day that this is not your average folk album. The second track, Till April Is Dead, experiments even further. Staines Morris delves further into the darker and stranger traditions of May Day celebration. Although only brief and to all intents slight, May Garland might be the album’s centrepiece.

Bedfordshire May Day Carol takes a more traditional approach. Don’t You Go A Rushing Maids In May is perhaps the album’s simplest and prettiest song. Pleasant Month Of May, a song from the Copper family of Sussex, takes a similar tack, its raunchy meaning scarcely hidden even before the percussive, ecstatic conclusion. The recordings of birdsong and themes of unity that begin the album’s final song, Padstow May Song, neatly bring the album full circle,


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 Jun 21 - 08:53 AM

ALL AROUND THE MAYPOLE     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtpJPsInrDo


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 Jun 21 - 05:57 AM


CE FU EN MAI

June Tabor Ce Fu En Mai   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw5FpAYMYbw&list=PLerscO8QErxJQBSOnwHe6nxAAqOWKWxh6&index=82

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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 31 May 21 - 07:44 PM


Thank you for this song Felipa
REBEL SOLDIER

Rebel Soldier - Waylon Jennings   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TzcyNwZU-Q
The Rebel Soldier · Bobby Horton     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrWVqKE8U40
The Rebel Soldier (Music Video)     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcPY-XNdLJ4
The Rebel Soldier · Tennessee Ernie Ford     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okWwVCtoj5c


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 31 May 21 - 11:14 AM

"Oh, shine on, shine on harvest moon up in the sky.
I ain't had no lovin' since January, February, June or July
Snowtime ain't no time to stay outdoors and spoon,
So shine on, shine on harvest moon - for me and my gal!"

Annoying song that omits March, April and May!


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Subject: the Federal Soldier
From: Felipa
Date: 30 May 21 - 07:10 PM

CND mentioned the Federal Soldier in post to this discussion in March, with a link to a recording of the Gandydancer String Band. It's a version of the Rebel Soldier and Charlie Baum posted lyrics in Mudcat on 26 Jan 2006. See his message at https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=50984


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Subject: when I was a young girl (One Morning in May)
From: Felipa
Date: 30 May 21 - 07:06 PM

https://secondhandsongs.com/work/142209
"This traditional ballad concerning a woman cut down in her prime due to her drinking and other "sinful" activities has been found in the eastern part of the United States. The theme is related to 'The Cowboy's Lament' and 'St. James Infirmary Blues'. Texas Gladden's version of this song was recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941. Several well-known singers including Nina Simone and Barbara Dane based their performances on the Gladden recording."

ONE MORNING IN MAY (3)

When I was, a young girl I used to seek pleasure,
When I was a young girl I used to drink ale;
Right out of the alehouse and into the jailhouse,
Out of a barroom and down to my grave.

Come Papa, come Mama, and sit you down by me,
Come sit you down by me and pity my case;
My poor head is aching, my sad heart is breaking,
My body's salivated and I'm bound to die.

Go send for the preacher to come and pray for me;
Go send for the doctor to heal up my wounds;
My poor head is aching, my sad heart is breaking,
My body's salivated, and Hell is my doom.

I want four young ladies to bear up my coffin,
I want three young maidens to carry me on,
And each of them carry a bunch of wild roses,
To lay on my body as I pass along.

One morning, one morning, one morning in May,
I spied this young lady all clad in white linen,
All clad in white linen and cold as the clay.

as sung by Texas Gladden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVeC1Uzadoo


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Felipa
Date: 30 May 21 - 06:55 PM

There is at least one song listed here called "One Morning in May" . I clicked on a link, and it wasn't the song I have in mind, so I'm not sure whether or not the following song has already been proposed.

ONE MORNING IN MAY (2)

One morning in May, as I carelessly did stray
to view the green meadows, and the lambs sport and play,
in the clear morning dew, as I lay down to muse,
a fair maiden of honour appeared in my view.

Says I, “Pretty maid, how happy we could be
for it is so ordained, love, that married we should be.
Let me not see you frown, for this heart is your own.”
But as these words were spoken, sure the tears trickled down.

“Come dry up your tears. You have nothing to fear.
I have roamed through the green fields for many’s the long year.”
But as the birds sang so sweet, this young man proved his deceit,
saying, “Adieu, pretty fair maid. We shall never more meet.”

“With my snuffbox and cane, the whole world I would range,
like Venus or Diana in search of her swain.
While the moon does shine clear, I will mourn for my dear
over mountains, clear fountains, where no-one would hear.”

“And there’s one thing I know; and that before I go.
I shall never return, love, to hear your sad woe.
And there’s another thing I know; and that before I go.
That the ranger and the stranger have many’s the foe.”

sung by Christa Burch

sung by Len Graham

discussed on a Mudcat thread


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 30 May 21 - 12:21 PM

Thank you Felipa , I investigated and found that "The Banks of the Roses" is often a murder ballad which doesn't mention getting married in May but below are some links where your married in May verse is sung .

And when I get married t'will be in the month of May
When the leaves they are green and the meadows they are gay
And me and me true love we'll sit and sport and play
By the lovely sweet banks of the roses

BANKS OF THE ROSES (THE)

The Banks of the Roses - The Dubliners
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TaICG7bnHk
Luke Kelly Banks Of The Roses  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvl7DHPiU04
Banks Of The Roses · Nathan Carter   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXoLf3ZXMjY
On the Banks of the Roses - The Corrie Folk Trio    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOiM1UmjPjM
The Barra MacNeils - Banks of the Roses    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3MzZlEvCJY


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Subject: RE: Banks of the Roses
From: Felipa
Date: 29 May 21 - 12:45 PM

I don't see "Banks of the Roses" on the list. It is related to The Nightingale (to hear the Nightingale sing) and the Fiddlng Soldier, but this fiddler doesn't jilt the lover. Rather, she says her father wouldn't approve. versions of the Banks of the Roses are in the Digital Tradtion; it can be a June song as well but I learned:

If ever I get married, twill be in the month of May
When meadows they are green, and flowers they are gay
And me and my true love will sit and sport and play
By he lovely sweet banks of the roses.

There are also versions in which nasty Johnny is a murderer, but the ones in the DT don't mention amonth, either May or June or anything else, in the lyrics given.

The DT variant which is close to what I know is https://mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=494


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 29 May 21 - 06:45 AM


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,Jiggers
Date: 29 May 21 - 01:40 AM

I was born in May. I am delighted by that. It must be the most song celebrated month.

Last May was the sunniest on record due no doubt to climate change. As an allotment owner I had to go and water the young seedlings I planted on a regular basis. Now we have a wet May, which is good for allotment owners and bad for everyone else, apart from farmers etc.

May is such a contrast to a bleak mid-winter, made bleaker by covoid this time round. The light, the warmth, the growth in nature, the hatchlings.

May is almost gone now. What will June bring ? More flowers, more light, more heat, an equinox no doubt.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Reinhard
Date: 29 May 21 - 12:36 AM

That's a variant of the Swinton May Song which is already listed above; see the Mudcat thread Tune Req: Drawing Near to the Merry Month of May.


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 28 May 21 - 06:15 PM

DRAWING NEARER TO THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY

MUDCAT :Digitrad Lyrics   
/mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=1708


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 28 May 21 - 07:14 AM


BUSHES AND BRIARS


Thank you JHW – I was surprised by your suggestion of “Bushes and Briars” because I have never before heard any reference to May (the equivalent line is usually "And the lambs to skip and play ".) I trawled through YouTube and eventually found this recording with the May reference.
Loreena Mckennitt - Bushes and Briars (Rare Demo)    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtQCmZII-DQ


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: JHW
Date: 28 May 21 - 05:53 AM

Too much to read here to be sure of not duplicating. Earlier this week I SANG as did others at a limited garden singaround. Birds were indeed cheeping merrily.
A version of Bushes and Briars I think I found in Seeds of Love.
"Through Bushes and through Briars, I lately took my way, All for to hear the small birds sing, One evening in May".


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 27 May 21 - 07:51 PM



JUST AS THE TIDE WAS FLOWING

One morning in the month of May
When all the birds were singing,
I saw a lovely lady stray
Across the fields at break of day,


Mainly Norfolk:Lyrics and Info    
https://mainlynorfolk.info/shirley.collins/songs/justasthetidewasflowing.html

Shirley Collins - Just As The Tide Was Flowing    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOodCPmhvFQ
Just As The Tide Was Flowing - Tony Rose    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGVnwtYIvFc
10,000 Maniacs - Just as the Tide was Flowing     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNwSLtQSNAI
Just as the Tide Was Flowing · Peggy Seeger    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccl7okYM6mQ
Just as the Tide Was Flowing · Shirley Elizabeth Collins    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6rYXQ4z1Hk
Scaffel Pike - Just As The Tide Was Flowing     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMHGatb00gc
Natasha Norodien - Just As the Tide Was Flowing    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHIY3pddpOI
Dick Woodhouse - Just As The Tide Was Flowing     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCcKkMgPWtg
Just as the Tide Was Flowing · Orchis    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6LUZEpii2k
Just as the Tide Was Flowing · Magpie Lane    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzqBF-xbZ1Q
Just as the Tide Was Flowing · Mocha    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvLQ01RgMgY
Just As The Tide · Steeleye Span    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCcbp9oS5VI
Just as the Tide was Flowing · Alfred Deller and The Deller Consort    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW44H97RfUE


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 27 May 21 - 07:41 PM


DEATH AND THE LADY

As I walked out one morn in May
The birds did sing and the lambs did play


Mainly Norfolk: Lyrics and Info   
https://mainlynorfolk.info/shirley.collins/songs/deathandthelady.html

Shirley & Dolly Collins - Death & The Lady     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8ZKanEoVqM
Faran Flad - Death and the lady    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcG4_l5uU3o
Death and the lady - John Smith   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGGG2Q5eos4    
Norma Waterson: Death and the Lady    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjvu7oY_92g


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 27 May 21 - 06:54 PM

WHITE CHRISTMAS

29 May, 1942 Bing Crosby records the world's top selling record White Christmas
Bing Crosby - White Christmas (1942) Original Version    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9QLn7gM-hY


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 27 May 21 - 10:16 AM

Thanks for the tip Reinhard. Your site has been a great help so far for Lyrics and Information.


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