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Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay

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SOVAY
THE FEMALE HIGHWAYMAN
THE MALE FEMALE HIGHWAYMAN


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GUEST,Anne MacFie 10 Feb 00 - 06:43 PM
Lanfranc 10 Feb 00 - 06:47 PM
Noah Zacharin 11 Feb 00 - 12:35 PM
GUEST,Helge 11 Feb 00 - 02:35 PM
McGrath of Harlow 11 Feb 00 - 03:03 PM
McGrath of Harlow 11 Feb 00 - 03:10 PM
Sandy Paton 11 Feb 00 - 04:51 PM
alison 12 Feb 00 - 12:16 AM
GUEST 12 Feb 00 - 09:17 AM
Malcolm Douglas 12 Feb 00 - 05:36 PM
Lesley N. 12 Feb 00 - 05:46 PM
GUEST,Roberto 14 Feb 00 - 04:00 AM
Garry Gillard 26 Feb 00 - 11:55 PM
Malcolm Douglas 27 Feb 00 - 12:21 AM
Ed Pellow 27 Feb 00 - 05:50 AM
Garry Gillard 27 Feb 00 - 09:34 AM
Ed Pellow 27 Feb 00 - 10:07 AM
Garry Gillard 01 Mar 00 - 02:03 AM
GUEST,Rossin 02 Apr 11 - 06:41 PM
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Subject: Solvay
From: GUEST,Anne MacFie
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 06:43 PM

Need lyrics for version of THE FEMALE HIGHWAYMAN in which her name is Solvay. I think Martin Carthy recorded it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: Lanfranc
Date: 10 Feb 00 - 06:47 PM

Try a search for SOVAY in the database


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: Noah Zacharin
Date: 11 Feb 00 - 12:35 PM

pentangle also recorded it, beautiful version, as 'sovay, sovay'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: GUEST,Helge
Date: 11 Feb 00 - 02:35 PM

Bert Jansch recorded this one with his Conundrum

Helge in Norway


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Feb 00 - 03:03 PM

I just checked, and it don't seem to be in DT. Someone please send it in. (Normally when I say that, it turns out it's been there all along. But I couldn't find it nohow.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 11 Feb 00 - 03:10 PM

Belay that. I tried asking the DT for Carthy, and it came up with Solvay at last. (But when I asked for Solvay it didn't, nor when I looked up "robber") Basic rule seems to be, unless you just wrote it yourself, or Harry Fox has been interfering again, it's probably on the DT.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 11 Feb 00 - 04:51 PM

Cliff Haslam recorded it on his Folk-Legacy album, now available as a cassette.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: alison
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 12:16 AM

the lyrics for SOVAY are in the DT..

here is another thread where we discussed the tune Sovay - time signature?

slainte

alison


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Subject: Lyr Add: SOVAY, SOVAY (from Martin Carthy)
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 09:17 AM

I have written down these two versions of Sovay. I hope that I got correctly all the words. In Lloyd's, in the second stanza, he doesn't actually sing "or else this moment I'll shoot you dead", but I can't get what he sings. If anybody can tell me, I'd be glad. Thank you. Roberto

Martin Carthy's:

Sovay, Sovay, all on a day
She dressed herself in man's array.
With a sword and pistol all by her side,
To meet her true love,
To meet her true love away did ride.

As she was riding over the plain,
She met her true love and bid him stand.
"Your gold and silver, kind sir," she said,
"Or else this moment,
Or else this moment your life I'll have."

And when she'd robbed him of his store,
She said, "Kind sir, there's just one thing more--
A golden ring which I know you have,
Deliver it,
Deliver it your sweet life to save."

"O, that golden ring a token is;
My life I'll lose, the ring I'll save."
Being tender-hearted just like a dove,
She rode away,
She rode away from her true love.

Now, next morning in the garden green,
Just like two lovers they were seen.
He spied his watch hanging by her cloak
Which made him blush,
Made him blush like any rose.

"O what makes you blush at so silly a thing?
I thought to have had your golden ring.
'Twas I that robbed you all on the plain,
So here's your watch
Here's your watch and your gold again.

"For I did intend and it was to know
If that you were my true love or no.
Well, now I have a contented mind;
My heart and all,
My heart and all my gear is thine."

A.L.Lloyd's:

Sovay, Sovay, all on a day
She dressed herself in man's array
With a brace of pistols all at her side
To meet her true love,
To meet her true love away she ride.

As she was galloping on the plain,
She met her sweetheart and bid him stand,
"Stand and deliver, young man", she said,
"Or else this moment,
Or else this moment I'll shoot you dead!"

He delivered up his golden store
And still she craved for one thing more,
"That diamond ring that I see you wear,
O hand it over,
O hand it over and your life I'll spare!"

"From me diamond ring I wouldn't part
For it's a token from me sweetheart,
Shoot and be damned, you rogue", said he,
"And you'll be hanged,
And you'll be hanged for murdering me!"

She being softhearted, much like a dove,
She turned her horse and she rode away from her true love.

Next morning in the garden green
Young Sophie and her love were seen.
He spied his watch hanging by her clothes
Which made him blush,
Which made him blush like any rose.

"Why do you blush, you foolish thing?
I thought to have that diamond ring:
'T was I who robbed you all on the plain,
And here's your gold, love,
Here's your gold and your watch and chain."

"I only did it for to know
Whether you were a man or no;
If you would given me that ring", she said,
"I'd pull the trigger,
I'd pull the trigger and shot you dead!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 05:36 PM

Roberto:

That's a good piece of transcription, though I'd go for "clothes" and "dear" instead of "cloak" and "gear" in the Carthy version.  Both alternatives turn up in other versions of the song, so it's not terribly important.  The line in A.L. Lloyd's version that you couldn't make out is

If'n you do not
If'n you do not, I'll shoot you dead.


That's a dialectal form; you may safely ignore the "'n"! The final two lines should be:

I'd have pulled the trigger,
I'd have pulled the trigger and shot you dead!


Incidentally, Martin Carthy has recorded the song three times, latterly with this final verse:

"I did intend and it was to know
If that you were my truelove or no;
But if you'd given me that ring," she said
"I'd have pulled the trigger:
I'd have pulled the trigger and shot you dead."

Malcolm


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Subject: Lyr Add: SILVY, SILVY
From: Lesley N.
Date: 12 Feb 00 - 05:46 PM

I got this version from a songbook circa 1890. There is a midi of the music from that sonbook at The Female Highwayman (http://www.contemplator.com/folk5/hiway.html).

Silvy, Silvy, all on one day,
She dressed herself in man's array,
A sword and pistol all by her side,
To meet her true love she did ride.

She met her true love all in the plain,
'Stand and deliver, kind sir,' she said,
'Stand and deliver, kind sir,' said she,
Or else this moment you shall die.'

Oh, when she'd robbed him of all his store,
She says, 'Kind sir, there's one thing more,
A diamond ring which I know you have,
Deliver that, your sweet life to save.'

'The diamond ring is a token won,
I will keep it if my life I lose;'
She being tender hearted just like a dove,
She rode away from her true love.

Next morning in the garden green,
O like true lovers they were seen;
He saw his watch hang by her clothes,
Which made him flush like a red rose.

'What makes you flush at so silly a thing,
I fain would have had your diamond ring,
I only did it for to know,
Whether you were a man or no.'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: GUEST,Roberto
Date: 14 Feb 00 - 04:00 AM

Thank you, Malcolm! Roberto


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: Garry Gillard
Date: 26 Feb 00 - 11:55 PM

Thanks very much, Malcolm! I hadn't realised that Martin Carthy varied the words in his three recordings: on Martin Carthy, Life and Limb, and Rigs of the Time. My transcription is prolly from the first album. I'll have to check.

thanks, Garry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 12:21 AM

Garry:

Ihadn't realised that Carthy had recorded Sovay again on "Rigs of the Time" (I've not heard it yet) -I was thinking of the Brass Monkey recording (1983), though the final verse on Life and Limb is also as above.  That makes four, then!

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: Ed Pellow
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 05:50 AM

Malcolm,

The Rigs of Time version is the Brass Monkey one

Ed


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: Garry Gillard
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 09:34 AM

I've now checked the three recordings I have of Sovay, two by MC and one by Bert Lloyd and put them all in the one file at http://hum2mac1.murdoch.edu.au/watersons/sovay.html I don't have Life and Limb. Ed is of course right.

Hope this helps, Garry

Thanks again, Malcolm.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: Ed Pellow
Date: 27 Feb 00 - 10:07 AM

Garry,

The lyrics for the Life and Limb version are the same as for the Brass Monkey one.

Thanks for your hard work

Ed


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: Garry Gillard
Date: 01 Mar 00 - 02:03 AM

Thanks, Ed.

Oh well, we're back to only two versions of the words of Sovay as sung by Martin Carthy. The 1965 Martin Carthy one and the 'other' one, on Brass Monkey, Rigs, and Life & Limb.

cheers, Garry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Solvay, Solvay
From: GUEST,Rossin
Date: 02 Apr 11 - 06:41 PM

Thank you from the year 2011. I heard this song first in 1992!


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