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Any May songs?

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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 28 May 24 - 07:40 AM

Correct, Richard! It mentions Pomona Bay. Just for curiosity, the song (Away down to) Pomona originated in Manchester. The Pomona Palace and Gardens (named after the Roman goddess of fruit trees and orchards) were in Cornbrook, Hulme; the site was later used to build the Pomona Docks at the terminus of the Manchester Ship Canal.

Inglis Gundry notes in his introduction to Canow Kernow (published by the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, 1966): '...the process of balladry still goes on. In the Logan Rock Inn at Treen a popular song called Way down Albert Square is gradually being transformed into a folk-song called Lamorna."


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 28 May 24 - 07:18 AM

Friday, May 30, 1907 Bertha Boronda cut her husband's penis off with a razor while in bed believing that her husband Frank had visited a place of prostitution.


BAD BERTHA    by squirrel Butter    https://soundcloud.com/squirrelbutter/bad-bertha
Bertha Boronda from Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertha_Boronda


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 27 May 24 - 01:01 PM

> From: GUEST,henryp - PM
> Date: 21 May 24 - 11:15 PM
> On 21 May 1894: The Manchester Ship Canal was opened.

[Pedant mode on] Yes but the song quoted in the rest of that post is not about the Ship Canal but about one of the older canals serving Manchester. As described here, insofar as the place names make any sense, they refer to a "voyage" from somewhere on the eastern side of Manchester, past Wilson's Brewery and ending "just south of Salford station".


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 25 May 24 - 05:45 AM

EDWARD BOYLE  aka   My Charming Edward Boyle
In the time I well remember,
it was in the month of May
When Flora’s flowery mantle
bedecked the meadows gay.


Various recordings of “Edward Boyle “ on YouTube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=++Edward+Boyle+song


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 23 May 24 - 11:02 PM

More Manchester Ship Canal songs; the construction of the Ship Canal caught the imagination of contemporary writers and continues to do so today.

‘Tales from the Towpath’ was a BBC Radio 2 programme first broadcast on 27 May 1997. It tells the story of the building of the Manchester Ship Canal.
The programme featured Mike Harding, the Albion Band, Bridgewater Brass Ensemble and Mikron Theatre Company.
https://www.waterwaysongs.info/AV/tales_from_the_towpath.htm Original songs;

36 miles Away from the Sea
Tales of the Towpath
We Can't Get the Wares Away
The Ganger's Wife
Your Loving Son, Dan
Big Ditch Flood
A Modern Marvel

Manchester Ship Canal recorded by Pumpkin Pie
https://www.waterwaysongs.info/Songs/M/manchester_ship_canal_2.htm

Manchester Ship Canal by John Gill recorded by Hindle Wakes
https://www.waterwaysongs.info/Songs/M/manchester_ship_canal_gill.htm

NEW SONG ON THE PROPOSED SHIP CANALTo enable large vessels to be navigated from Liverpool to Manchester
Text is from a broadside which stated it was to be sung to the air "Grandmother's Chair".
https://www.waterwaysongs.info/Songs/N/new_proposed_canal.htm

SEAPORT TOWN OF MANCHESTER   or Prosperity to the Ship Canal
Text is from the broadside printed by Jack Harkness, Printer, Church Street, Preston.
https://www.waterwaysongs.info/Songs/S/seaport_manchester.htm


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 23 May 24 - 08:16 PM

24 May 1915 John Condon was killed in action in a gas attack during the Second Battle of Ypres.

JOHN CONDON  written by Mary Dillon
John Condon  -   Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWK-0dVUQbk
John Condon -   Fairport Convention     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7wU1tpU5hs
John Condon  -   Rebecca Hall     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVxNTFhhmeE
John Condon  -   Flossie Malavialle     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-db-DaEk6Eg
John Condon - Janet Dowd    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip27e6xZK8w
John Condon (British Army soldier) from Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Condon_(British_Army_soldier)
Mudcat Thread, Lyr ADD: John Condon - about WWI soldier     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=82078&messages=43#top


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 22 May 24 - 07:15 PM

And yet another song about The Manchester Ship Canal is THE MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL NAVVY -   Ian Woods     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5-ACXwSJyM
And yet another is BRING THE SEA TO MANCHESTER   -   Jon Raven     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj7ihIOLxmI&list=OLAK5uy_k5aFUmD66dw9WdPtvl30S2OCxccw9SoIw

And a snitch of a recording by Nick Dow   https://www.waterwaysongs.info/Songs/M/manchester.htm


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 22 May 24 - 08:07 AM

Here's another song about the Ship Canal; THE SHIP CANAL SONG,  or THE MARY, sung by Gary and Vera Aspey on From the North, Topic 1975.

A hundred years before the building of the Ship Canal, the River Irwell was a busy waterway with packet boats drawn by teams of horses and supplemented by a square-rigged sail. They started at any hour of the day or night, timed to catch the ebb tide at Runcorn, where passengers for Liverpool were transferred to a larger boat. The Mary was the first seagoing vessel to make the journey to Manchester on October 20, 1840.

The Ship Canal Song was published on a handbill in 1840 by Wilmot Henry Jones of Market Street, Manchester. Ian Woods added the chorus calling for support for the building of the Ship Canal,
which was opened by Queen Victoria in 1894.

The Ship Canal Song -   Gary and Vera Aspey on YouTube   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O03Ie1ylC6U
Another song on YouTube about this theme from Gary & Vera Aspey is Manchester Ship Canal    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1JerOXpAgM


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 21 May 24 - 11:15 PM

On 21 May 1894: The Manchester Ship Canal was opened.

From Mainly Norfolk with thanks; Harry Boardman sang THE MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL to the tune of The Girl I Left Behind Me on his and Dave Hillery’s 1971 Topic album Trans Pennine. They noted: The Manchester Ship Canal, opened in 1894, was of tremendous economic importance, both to Lancashire and the country as a whole, changing as it did one of the world’s greatest commercial and trading centres from a land-locked city to an important inland seaport.

The Manchester Canal comes from an undated printed sheet and was supplied by Paul Graney of Manchester. The notion of describing a mere canal voyage in terms of the dangers of the deep has been very popular in times past, to judge by the number of versions on the go, one of the best known of which is The Calibar.

Harry Boardman sings The Manchester Canal

O the S.S. Irwell left this port the stormy sea to cross.
They heaved the lead and went ahead on a voyage to Barton Moss.
No fair ship e’er left the slip from this port to Natal
Than the boats that plough the waters of the Manchester Canal.

The third day out or thereabout, a great storm swept the main.
The captain called his officer, I just forget his name.
“You see that light there on the right?” “Aye, aye,” he did exclaim.
“Well it’s the Wilsons’ Brewery lightship at the end of Ancoats Lane.”


The Manchester Canal · Harry Boardman · Dave Hillery · Bob Diehl   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZKI2vqgxgQ


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 21 May 24 - 10:54 PM

On 21 May 1851: Gold was discovered in Australia.

Within a few weeks of the reports of Hargraves’ discoveries, songs were appearing about the rush to Ophir. One such song was published in
Bell’s Sydney Life and Sporting Reviewer on 31 May 1851, under the heading On the Gold-digging Epidemic now raging in New South Wales.

It’s off to the diggings we’ll go, Whether they let us or no.
We’ll scramble for gold Through wet, dirt or cold,
And it’s off to the diggings we’ll go.

It’s off to the diggings we’ll go, And perhaps without striking a blow
We may fill up our bags, And then mounting some nags,
We’ll cut to the …. oh oh.

Gold’s called the elixir of life; It certainly causes some strife;

Some of the turmoil created by the goldrushes can be appreciated in these verses from New Words to an Old Song,
again about the rush to Ophir, and written by William Walker ‘on the breaking out of the Gold Diggings, 1851’.

The world is now turned upside-down, And everything seems queer,
For all the men are leaving town, And prog gets dreadful dear.

To talk of love now no one thinks, The men have got so cold
Their heads are stuffed with nothing, but – This cursed, filthy gold.

A woman’s voice sounds dull and tame, In her no charm now lives;
But spades and picks are harmony, And gold the music gives.

Songs from the Australian Goldfields, Part 1: Gold mania by ROSS A. BOTH and WARREN FAHEY
Journal of Australasian Mining History, Vol. 13, October 2015


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 21 May 24 - 10:20 PM

On 21 May 1688: Poet and satirist Alexander Pope was born in London.

Peace o’er the world, her olive branch extends,
And white-robed innocence from heaven descends.
Swift fly the years and rise the expected morn;
O, spring to light! The auspicious Babe be born!

PEACE O’ER THE WORLD is the signature carol of village communities in the Hope Valley of the Derbyshire Peak District. The text can be found on broadsides and is based on Alexander Pope’s extensive poem Messiah, first published in 1712. The text is set to a tune by Richard Furness of Eyam, c.1820.

‘Peace o’er the World’: Village Carolling in the Hope Valley of Derbyshire by Ian Russell THE FORTY-FIRST KATHARINE BRIGGS MEMORIAL LECTURE, 16 NOVEMBER 2021

Bella Hardy sings “Peace O’er The World”    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o790Mu07IFg
Peace O'er the World from Foolow in Derbyshire    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dleat14Wm7A
And at 0.50 in the above video I think Ian Russell is one of the people singing?


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Haruo
Date: 21 May 24 - 01:31 AM

I'm a bit surprised not to see TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM ("Spring Has Now Unwrapped Her Flowers" here. This is the original song to the tune now best known as "Good King Wenceslas". It's a May Day flower carol. Here's a link to a fasola shapenote score of one verse in Latin and three in English from my under-construction "Shape Note Daily Lectionary Hymnal".

Haruo

The "Original" song with Lyrics circa 13th Century on YouTube     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv8PgukSLX0
Many other recordings on YouTube   https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Tempus+Adest+Floridum


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 20 May 24 - 05:37 PM

23 May 1706 The Battle of Ramillies, a battle in the War of the Spanish Succession was fought in the Spanish Netherlands, present day Belgium.

WILL YE GO TO FLANDERS? Many recordings on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Will+Ye+Go+To+Flanders
Mudcat, Origin: Will Ye Go to Flanders     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=10176
Mudcat DT LYRICS: Will Ye Go to Flanders? /mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=7897
Battle of Ramillies from Wikipedia    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ramillies


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 19 May 24 - 06:30 PM

May 20, 1946 Birth of Cher

SONGS OF CHER
Cher Song list from Song Facts    
https://www.songfacts.com/songs/cher
   
Cher songs playlist recordings on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_T3wyHe_vMLVTxa4k4bGQhQ8pGm7ZT1R

Cher from Wikipedia    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cher


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 17 May 24 - 04:49 AM

18 to 20 May 1944 The deportation of the Crimean Tatars to exile inCentral Asia.

1944  -   Jamala     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCG2rw4ZXTY

1944 (song) from Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1944_(song)
Deportation of the Crimean Tatars (Wikipedia)     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deportation_of_the_Crimean_Tatars


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 16 May 24 - 06:45 AM

LO MES DE MAI    Lyrics and recording https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=7357


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 15 May 24 - 09:07 AM

May 13, 1960     death of American old-time fiddler and one of the earliest stars of what would come to be known as country music.

SONGS OF GID TANNER AND THE SKILLET LICKERS on YouTube     https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=songs+of+the+Skillet+Lickers
Gid Tanner from Wikipedia    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gid_Tanner#


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 15 May 24 - 08:41 AM

LA BÈLA DE MAI    (No recording yet )
Lyrics and translation from Mudcat thread " Lyr Add: Mudcat singaround songs NOT in English"
/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?ThreadID=169209#4127559:~:text=Subject%3A%20RE%3A%20Lyr%20Add%3A%20Mudcat%20singaround%20songs%20N


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 13 May 24 - 10:44 AM

Sunday 19 May 2024 Whitsun
WHITSUNTIDE CAROL   aka The Whitsun Song
Various recordings of The Whitsuntide Carol on Youtube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Whitsuntide+Carol
The Whitsun Song · John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig & Steve Woodruff     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpO_nW8tvbU

MUDCAT: Lyr Add: WHITSUNTIDE CAROL
/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=13130&messages=8


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 13 May 24 - 07:16 AM

Whitsun falls on the seventh Sunday after Easter. This usually comes in late May or early June. In 2024 the date will be May 19, because of an early Easter. Whitsuntide, the week following Whitsunday, was one of three holiday weeks for the medieval villein; on most manors he was free from service on the lord's demesne this week, which marked a pause in the agricultural year. It continued to be a holiday for workers. The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould's words for ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS , first published in the Church Times in 1864, were sung in 1865 by the children of Horbury Bridge as they marched up the hill to St. Peter’s, Horbury, in the annual Whit Tuesday procession. Eventually, the hymn was set to the tune 'St Gertrude', composed by Arthur Sullivan in 1871.

Horbury Church; This year is the 100th anniversary of the death of Fr Sabine Baring-Gould, who was curate of Horbury from 1864-1867 under Canon John Sharp. We are pleased to be able to mark the centenary of Fr Sabine’s death in the parish for which he wrote ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’ over Whit Weekend 2024. The weekend opens on Friday, 17th May at 7pm with a concert at Horbury Working Members’ Club with award-winning folk artists Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes, who present ‘Ghosts, Werewolves and Country Folk – Songs and Stories of Sabine Baring-Gould’. Our celebrations then come to a climax with the re-enactment of the Whit Walk on Sunday, 19th May at 2pm.

Various recordings of 'Onward, Christian Soldiers'on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Onward+Christian+Soldiers+


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 12 May 24 - 05:50 PM

SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
Around her neck she wore a yellow ribbon
She wore it in the spring time, in the early month of May


Recordings of “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon " on YouTube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=she+wore+a+yellow+ribbon+song+
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon from Song Facts    https://www.songfacts.com/facts/traditional/she-wore-a-yellow-ribbon#:~:text=Songfacts%C2%AE%3A&text=The%20song%2Fpoem%20has%20a
Mudcat DT Study: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=53527


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 11 May 24 - 07:07 PM

CAWSAND BAY

In Cawsand Bay lyin', the Blue Peter Flyin'
The hands all turn'd up, oh, the anchor to weigh;
There came off a lady, as fresh as a May-Day
Who, looking up modestly, these words did say


Various recordings of “Cawsand Bay “ on YouTube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cawsand+bay+song
Mudcat, Origins: Cawsand Bay     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=171250
Mudcat DT Lyrics     /mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=1123
Mudcat, Cawsand Bay: who was Elinor Ford?     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=151266


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 10 May 24 - 05:42 AM

BEN, BEN VENI MAG  -  Cantovivo    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD40rqBXCJA

Translation from the Piedmontese courtesy of Cattia Salto, Google Translate and Monique

Let May come well, let May come well
when the month of May returns.

Mistress, if you don't want to believe that May has arrived,
look out the window and you will see it firmly planted.

Look at our bride, how well dressed she is
She looks like the peach blossom when covered in buds.

Look at our bride what a beautiful dress she has
Who knows who bought it for her, it must have been her mother.

Look at our bride what a beautiful hat she has
Who knows who bought it for her, it must have been her dad.

Look at our bride, what a beautiful ring she has
who knows who bought it for her, it must have been her fiancé.

[We enter this house if there are good people
we ask permission (to go) if everyone is happy]

Oh, you mistress if you want to pay
the rest of us are on our way and we must go.

[To you mistress who paid
we pray to Saint Anthony to give you sanctity.

To you mistress, who have not paid,
(We wish you) Hornets in the head and wasps in the breast]



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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 09 May 24 - 04:49 AM

DO YOU EVER REMEMBER -   Molly Drake     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVGANfB8l_Q

Do you ever remember?
Now you are so far away
Things that we used to laugh about
Crazy things we'd say
There were so many May times
When every word was a song
There were so many gay times
Before it all went all so wrong


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 08 May 24 - 05:27 PM

Still nobody helping me with my question about "The first of May" (12th post in this thread, 31st March 2021). I have been asking various people in the hope that that they might know who wrote it but no luck yet.

Robin


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 08 May 24 - 01:18 PM

[Verse 1]
'Twas in the merry month of May, when balmy winds first blow
I met my love in Arisaig where rhododendrons grow
I met my love in Arisaig in the shadow of Craig Mor
The sun shone on the Isle of Eigg, far from the silver shore
The sun shone on the Isle of Eigg, far from the silver shore


ISLE OF EIGG -   Robin Laing     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhyH7HF0qB0
Many other recordings of The Isle of Eigg on YouTube     https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Isle+of+Eigg+%C2%B7+Robin+Laing+lyrics

Mudcat,Lyr Add: Isle of Eigg (Robin Laing)    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=173087&messages=5


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 07 May 24 - 05:50 AM

NA SERA 'E MAGGIO (A Night in May )    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Na+sera+%27e+maggio+


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 06 May 24 - 09:31 AM

VAQUÉ LO POLIT MES DE MAI     Various recordings on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Vaqu%C3%AD+lo+polit+mes+de+mai+


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 24 - 03:16 PM

POLLY ON THE SHORE

Come all you wild young men
And a warning take by me,
Never to lead your single life astray
And into no bad company.

As I myself have done,
It being in the merry month of May,
When I was pressed by a sea-captain
And on board a man-o-war I was sent.

We sailed on the ocean so wide
And our bonny bonny flag we let fly.
Let every man stand true to his gun
For the Lord knows who must die.

Oh our captain was wounded full sore
And so were the rest of his men.
Our main mast rigging it was scattered on the deck
So that we were obliged to give in.

Oh our decks they were spattered with blood
And so loudly the cannons did roar;
And thousands of times have I wished myself at home
And all along with my Polly on the shore.

She's a tall and a slender girl,
She's a dark and a-rolling eye,
And here am I lie a-bleeding on the deck
And for her sweet sake I would die.

So farewell to my parents and friends,
Farewell my dear Polly too.
I ne'er would have crossed this salt sea so wide
If I had been ruled by you.



Many and various recordings on YouTube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Polly+on+the+Shore
Note that there is the song Polly on the Shore as above from the tradition but also another, modern song sung by some such as the Voice Squad


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 03 May 24 - 06:48 PM

May 1st, 1945. Katharina_Jacob, teacher and member of the German Resistance movement against National Socialism , was rescued by Russian troops from an SS death march .

THEY ALL SANG THE INTERNATIONALE     by David Rovics
Lyrics and recordings of "They All Sang the Internationale", from Songs of Social Significance   
https://www.davidrovics.com/songbook/they-all-sang-the-internationale/
Katharina Jacob from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharina_Jacob


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 03 May 24 - 04:49 PM

C’EST DANS LE MOIS DE MAI -   Ariko     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk3ht6ifVws


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 May 24 - 12:19 PM

C’EST LE MAI -   Malicorne     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFlx0b7e_ak
Thank you for this traditional French song Monique


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 May 24 - 11:59 AM

FAIR IS ROSE AS BRIGHT MAY DAY The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzHrfTeAQzc


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 May 24 - 06:11 AM

First of May by the BeeGees - See other thread!

Link to post above FIRST DAY OF MAY by The Bee Gees
Link to Dave’s other thread    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=173277&messages=1#:~:text=Friendly%20%2D%20Home-,First%20of%20May%20%2D%20The%20BeeGees,-


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 May 24 - 04:58 AM

WHEN ROSY MAY COMES IN WI’ FLOWERS  (aka THE GARD'NER WI' HIS PAIDLE)  

written by Robert Burns sung by Tony Cuffe
   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTqZvrOxFcU
Mudcat , Lyr Req/Add: The Gard'ner wi' His Paidle (R Burns)   /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=56534
The Gardener Wi' His Paidle Christine Sparks   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcwVewkZN2E

Also from Burns', DAINTY DAVEY
Now rosy May comes in wi' flowers,
To deck her gay, green-spreading bowers;
And now comes in the happy hours,
To wander wi' my Davie.


Dainty Davie  -  Eddi Reader     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ_w4rGTVN8
Link to Post above DAINTY DAVIE


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 07 Jun 23 - 10:49 AM

JIM HARRIS

In nineteen hundred and thirty-four, the last daylight in May,
Jim Harris in the Ronald P. from St. Kyran's sailed away;


“Jim Harris”- Matthew Byrne    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubm7Z4QCle4
Jim Harris - The Punters    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itaIs6XNYKo
Lyrics and information about Jim Harris from Disaster Songs     https://disastersongs.ca/jim-harris/


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 03 Jun 23 - 11:12 AM

SONGS ABOUT GEORGIE BEST
22 May 1946.Birth of N.Irish footballer Georgie Best

George Best song: Spirit in the Sky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sElZk-Zd7Q
George Best Manchester United song - Spirit in the skyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEJrLQzXsTw
Georgie Best, Superstar from The Ballad Index    ; http://balladindex.org/Ballads/OpGa479D.html
Belfast Boy - The Electric Stars    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvW1z5S0FjY
The Ballad of Georgie Best" performed by Finbar Furey    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETz1y_70V6g


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 02 Jun 23 - 03:22 AM

SINK THE BISMARK

27 May 1941.   The German battleship Bismarck was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by the British battleships King George V and Rodney supported by cruisers.

Last battle of the battleship Bismarck from Wikipedia    
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_battle_of_the_battleship_Bismarck
Blues Brothers - Sink the Bismarck     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CPXnur0vMs
Don Lang - Sink The Bismarck    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyTmp-N-2xk
Link to post above SONGS ABOUT THE SINKING OF HMS HOOD


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 01 Jun 23 - 02:36 PM

May 31, 1889. The Johnstown Flood occurred after the failure of the South Fork Dam, located on the south fork of the Little Conemaugh River, upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

JOHNSTOWN FLOOD
Johnstown Flood from Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnstown_Flood
Johnstown Flood from The Ballad Index    http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/LG14.html
The Night of the Johnstown Flood · Rock Creek Jug Band     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7EEtO8Dkcc
MUDCAT Lyr Req: Night of the Johnstown Flood    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=22181


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 30 May 23 - 05:48 PM

May 31 to June 12, 1864 The Battle of Cold Harbor was fought during the American Civil War near Mechanicsville, Virginia, with the most significant fighting occurring on June 3.

COLD HARBOR

Battle of Cold Harbor from Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cold_Harbor
Cold Harbor by The Outlaws     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHEly4xmf2s
Cold Harbor , from Songfacts     https://www.songfacts.com/facts/the-outlaws/cold-harbor


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 30 May 23 - 11:12 AM

WILLIAM EDDY

May, 1846.    The Donner-Reed wagon train, composed of group of American pioneers left Independence, Missouri, migrating to California. The wagon train encountered great difficulties and some of the migrants resorted to cannibalism to survive, eating the bodies of those who had died as a result of starvation, sickness, and extreme cold.


William Eddy sung by Alice Osborn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnPPvcvngkQ
The Donner Party - Mr BettsClass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZiSyV4kz40
Donner Party from Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party > William Eddy from Sparticus Educational     https://spartacus-educational.com/WWeddy.htm


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 27 May 23 - 08:46 AM

THE THIRTEENTH OF MAY   aka  In Fatimas's Cove, or Avé de Fátima
The Thirteenth of May - Cantate Domino    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU2gKKlk4KA
Many other recordings of 13th Of May on YouTube     https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+Thirteenth+of+May
In Fatimas's Cove by Kyle Geraghty     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mk8iM3XaeU
Avé de Fátima from Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Av%C3%A9_de_F%C3%A1tima


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Subject: indexing May songs
From: Felipa
Date: 25 May 23 - 09:03 PM

I think there are likely to be several repeats in this discussion of May songs. My message refers to the two previous messages, posted 24 and 25 May 2023. Henry P. mentioned Whitsun Dance (the ladies go dancing at Whitsun) on 31 March 2021. Henry also mentioned a line in 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" but I don't see Bogie's Bonnie Belle listed in the index at the beginning of this 7 page thread. I wonder if Bogie's Bonnie Belle is mentioned as a June song, as any Whitsun song might be appropriate in either May or June of a given year. I also don't see the Whaddon Whitsun Song in the index; henry p posted that in a separate message, also on 31 March 2021

I posted re Dh'èirich mi moch madainn Chèitein on 13 Jun 21; I see admin (Geoff) has linked the two messages but left out a letter "i" in the word "dh'èirich". The lyrics of that Gaelic song are on Mudcat at https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=122289



Link to post by above by henryp WHADDON WHITSON SONG
Link to post by above by henryp BOGIE’S BONNIE BELLE
Link to post by above by henryp LADIES GO DANCING AT WHITSUN


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 25 May 23 - 05:44 PM

DANCING AT WHITSUN

Sunday, 28 May 2023   Whitsun

Many recordings of “Dancing at Whitsun” on YouTube    
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=dancing+at+whitsun+song
Whitsun Dance / Dancing at Whitsun from Mainly Norfolk.     https://mainlynorfolk.info/shirley.collins/songs/whitsundance.html
MUDCAT Lyr Add: Dancing at Whitsun     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=24241&messages=64#top
MUDCAT DT Dancing at Whitsun     /mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=1452
The Ladies Go Dancing at Whitsun. Or do they? from Doctoral research.wordpress     https://doctroidalresearch.wordpress.com/pages/morris-dancing/morris-dancing-origins-and-history/the-ladies-go-dancing-at-whitsu
Whitsun from Wikipedia     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitsun
Link to post by above by henryp LADIES GO DANCING AT WHITSUN


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 24 May 23 - 06:52 PM

There’s a lovely traditional song called DH’ÉIRICH MI MOCH MADAINN CHÈITEIN    (I arose early on a May morning) . It’s a waulking song, fast, lively, joyful, full of praise for the birds and their singing, the salmon leaping, and the beauty of nature. seaboardgàidhlig

Ainsley Hamill and Toby Shaer performed this beautifully last night at the Willows Folk Club, Wrea Green, Preston.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFg3b6usyBc
Ainsley Hamill

Various other recordings on YouTube     https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Dh%27+%C3%88irich+Mi+Moch+Madainn+Ch%C3%A8itein

Link to post above by Felipa   DH’EIRICH MI MOCH MADAINN CHEITEIN


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 24 May 23 - 12:52 AM

24 May On this day in 1809: Dartmoor Prison was opened to house French prisoners of war. From 1850 it was used for convicts.

TWENTY ONE YEARS ON DARTMOOR

The judge said, “Stand up, boy, and dry up your tears.
You're sentenced to Dartmoor for twenty-one years.”
So kiss me goodbye, babe, and say you'll be mine,
For twenty-one years, love, is a mighty long time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duO5vZyBXaw
21 Years

Tim van Eyken sang Twenty-One Years on Dartmoor in 2004 on Waterson:Carthy's fifth album, Fishes & Fine Yellow Sand.

Martin Carthy commented in the liner notes: The album is topped and tailed by Goodbye Fare You Well and Twenty-One Years on Dartmoor. […] Tim learned the latter from a recording of the lovely London born, Sussex dwelling singer Louie Fuller who sadly died just this year. It's great to come upon an old American song which has made the crossing the other way for a change and this is one which has been given a real working over into an English vernacular. Mainly Norfolk

Dartmoor (For 21 Years) - Jim Carroll and Tony Reeves     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ-bUM4uCgA
Many recordings of "21 Years" on Youtube     https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=21+years+irish+song
Information and full lyrics from Mainly Norfolk: Twenty-One Years on Dartmoor    https://mainlynorfolk.info/watersons/songs/twentyoneyearsondartmoor.html
MUDCAT Lyr Req: Twenty-One Years     /thread.cfm?threadid=23631


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 23 May 23 - 10:32 AM

THE PRAISE OF A DAIRY
(sung to the air of Packington’s Pound)

In praise of a dairy I purpose to sing,
But all things in order, first, God save the King!
And the Queen, I may say,
That every May-day, Has many fair dairy-maids all fine and gay.
Assist me, fair damsels, to finish my theme,
Inspiring my fancy with strawberry cream.


Old English Song Lyrics for: In Praise Of A Dairy I Purpose To Sing from Traditional Music.co -  
https://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/old-english-songs/in-praise-of-a-dairy-i-purpose-to-sing.htm
John Playford - Packington's Pound ("In praise of milk") - Voice & Harpsichord : Tom Mébarki     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8dsL9n7buA


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 23 May 23 - 12:17 AM

23 May On this day in 1701: Scottish pirate William Kidd was hanged at Execution Dock in London for piracy.

Oh, my name is Captain Kidd, as I sailed, as I sailed,
Oh, my name is Captain Kidd, as I sailed.
Oh, my name is William Kidd,
Many wicked things I did,
And the law I did forbid, as I sailed, as I sailed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFXh-29avn4
Alex Campbell

23 May On this day in 1706: Marlborough defeated the French at the Battle of Ramillies in Belgium.

"Malbrough s'en va-t-en guerre" ("Marlborough Has Left for the War"), which was composed the night after the Battle of Malplaquet in 1709. It was popularized by a nurse singing it to one of Marie Antoinette's infants as a lullaby. The tune has been adopted for He's A Jolly Good Fellow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-zL5bM7pUs
Malbrough

http://www.goldenhindmusic.com/lyrics/LORDMELB.html John Roberts & Tony Barrand In Lincolnshire Posy this is categorized as "'Lord Melbourne' (War Song)," where it is given a fanfare-like, almost arhythmic treatment. The song is better known as Lord Marlborough, to whom it properly refers. John Churchill (1650-1722), 1st Duke of Marlborough, soldier and statesman, is perhaps best known for his "glorious victories" against the French at Blenheim and Ramillies. He was a meticulous planner, and was also known for his consideration of the welfare of his soldiers, which is perhaps why he became so popular in balladry. He was also an ancestor of Winston Churchill, whose elder brother Charles became the 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1892.

I am an Englishman to my birth, Lord Melbourne is my name;
In Devonshire I first drew breath, that place of noble fame.
I was beloved by all my men, by kings and princes likewise.
I never failed in anything, but won great victories.

23 May On this day in 1934: Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot dead in an ambush by Texas Rangers near Gibland, Louisiana.

THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE is a song, written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander, and recorded by the British rhythm and blues singer Georgie Fame. Released as a single, the song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart for one week from 24 January 1968. The song reached number seven in the US Billboard Chart later the same year. Wikipedia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i8mTAsv5cA
Georgie Fame

Link to post above on CAPTAIN KIDD
Link to post above SONGS ABOUT THE DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH

The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde - Merle Haggard     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I_Lu4l85_I
A Day in the Life of Bonnie and Clyde" - Mel Torme
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifdmyEBMUNE
Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot - "Bonnie and Clyde".     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GPm5_X3Ykg


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 22 May 23 - 03:57 AM

JOCKEY TO THE FAIR , Roud Number: 3344

’Twas on the morn of sweet May-day,
When nature painted all things gay,
Taught birds to sing, and lambs to play,
And gild the meadows fair;
Young Jockey, early in the dawn,
Arose and tripped it o’er the lawn;


Jockey to the Fair - Archer Goode, from Glostrad   
http://glostrad.com/jockey-to-the-fair-2 /
Jocky to the Fair – Edmund Henneberry     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgQNxd8BFLQ
Lyrics and information from The Project Gutenberg eBook, Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England, Edited by Robert Bell    https://www.gutenberg.org/files/649/649-h/649-h.htm#page245
Ballad sheet, information and instrumental tune recording from Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project     https://www.americanantiquarian.org/thomasballads/items/show/88
Jockey to the Fair Lyrics from Musica International    https://www.musicanet.org/robokopp/english/jockeyto.htm
MUDCAT : Lyr Req: Jockey to the Fair    /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=67201


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Subject: RE: Any May songs?
From: GeoffLawes
Date: 20 May 23 - 05:08 AM

SONGS ABOUT THE SINKING OF HMS HOOD

24 May 1941.  HM S Hood was sunk during the Battle of the Denmark Strait.

HMS Hood from Wikipedia   
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hood#
HMS Hood Tribute Song    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7IKDUYGKG0
Sink The Bismrack - Johnny Horton     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Ufc2hI4FM
“Battle of Denmark Strait” A song tribute to the Hood.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7IKDUYGKG0
The Battle Of Denmark Strait · Beatnik Turtle    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShaGO1041n4
The Lost 1400 - Brian Peters     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJmKM4Xgb0A
MUDCAT: Songs and poems about HMS Hood     /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=169224,169224
Link to post below SINK THE BISMARK


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