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Lyr Req: Brimbledon Fair / Young Ramble-Away

GUEST,hollingdale @settlingstones.freeserve.co.uk 10 Mar 00 - 02:19 PM
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Jim Dixon 27 Jan 11 - 01:04 AM
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Subject: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: GUEST,hollingdale @settlingstones.freeserve.co.uk
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 02:19 PM

Anybody help me out on this song with the lyrics?? Jack


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: MMario
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 02:26 PM

Jack, he said, confessing his ignorance, I don't recognize the title. Any other phrases you might give us to provide a clue?


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 02:32 PM

There are lots of songs with 'Fair' in the title, and more titles than songs, because to name of the fair was often changed to fit the locale where the song was sung.


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: GUEST,bigJ
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 02:59 PM

There's a 'Brimbledon' or 'Brimbledown' Fair which begins 'As I was a (going or walking) to ....... fair. Any good?


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: Amos
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 03:26 PM

As I was walking to Isomething) Fair,
SInging, singing, buttercups and roses
I met a fair maid vending her wares, to me oooh!
Her eyes were bllue, and brown was her hair
As we walked down to (something) Fair
Singing singing, buttercups and roses,
Singing, singing fold-de-diidle day...


I am sorry to say I don't recall the name of the song OR the Fair!! But, having been dutifully so instructed by Joe, I have checked in the DT and not found this verse, which is a piece of a long-ago memory.


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: MMario
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 04:00 PM

try here

url = http://www.childballads.com/folk3/brmbldon.html


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: GUEST,eric@johansen.co.uk
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 04:07 PM

There is a song by the Albion Band called Rambleaway - I think - It has the words "As I was a walking to Tetbury Fair" I have it on a tape that i can't find - I am not sure what the album was called - it's a good song.


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: squirrel
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 04:14 PM

The Albion Band album is called "1990". There is also a version of Rambleaway by Waterson:Carthy out there.


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: Melbert
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 06:02 PM

Wasn't the song in question recorded by Anthony Newley (around the time of his "pop goes the weasel" thingy? I think it was actually "As I was going to Scarborough fair", because I think Simon & Garfunkle's "Scarborough Fair" had been a recent success. Can't remember any more lyrics tho'. Sorry.


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 06:24 PM

Could it be Widdecomb Fair? Does song mention Tam Pierce's old mare?


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 06:27 PM

Make that Widdicome Fair. If the song mentions Tam Pierce, check the database under Tom Pierce.


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 06:41 PM

The Anthony Newley song was a spoof version of "Strawberry Fair" (Singing, singing, buttercups and daisies etc.), and the whole point of "Widdicombe Fair" is that nobody intends to walk!  I reckon MMario's link is the one.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: Amos
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 08:17 PM

STRAWBERRY! DOH!!Slap me wiht a cleaver! And daisies...jeez...here I thought it was some arcane memory...dohhhh (grumble...)


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: Amos
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 09:33 PM

But it still is not in the DT, and p'raps it should be. Is it a 60's synthesis, or an actual --from the sound of it -- Elizabethan ballad? Anyone know?


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 10 Mar 00 - 11:56 PM

could it be "ramble away?"

as I was a going to farslington fair in a fine colored jacket and everything there in order to (delight) all the young girls that day when they set their eyes on yound ramble away ramble away, when they set their eyes on young ramble away

waterson-carthy


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 12:17 AM

THANK YOU MMARIO!!!!!!!, for the site,.... it brings me great happiness to see, hear and induldge!


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: GUEST,hollingdale@settlingstones.freeserve.co.uk
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 10:07 AM

WELL DONE M Mario . BULLSEYE Cheers Jack


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: Gypsy
Date: 11 Mar 00 - 11:53 PM

Theres gotta be 8 different, each slight different versions of Scarborough Fair. Wimbledon Fair is just one of them. Try the child page that is noted above, and if you can't find it, yell. I have the collection, will post for you.


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Subject: RE: as I was walking to wimbledon ? fair
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 12 Mar 00 - 12:58 PM

Gypsy:  "Scarborough Fair" is a completely different song!

Amos:  "Strawberry Fair" (also unrelated to "Brimbledon Fair"/ "Rambleaway") was collected by the Rev. Sabine Baring Gould in a Devon pub; he re-wrote the text -in the process turning a perfectly good song into what A. L. Lloyd described in 1967 as (a) "mawkish thing of buttercups and daisies that has wearied generations of schoolchildren for the last half-century"- because he felt that the double entendre in the original was unsuitable for publication!  It's probably 18th century rather than Elizabethan.

Malcolm


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Subject: Lyr Add: BRIMBLEDON FAIR / YOUNG RAMBLE-AWAY
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Jan 11 - 01:04 AM

From Folk Songs from Somerset, Volume 3 edited by Cecil J. Sharp & Charles L. Marson (London: Simpkin & Co., Ltd., 1906), page 61, where there is also musical notation for one voice and piano:


BRIMBLEDON FAIR, or, YOUNG RAMBLE-AWAY

1. As I was a-riding to Brimbledon Fair,
I saw pretty Nancy a-curdling her hair.
I gave her a wink and she rolled a dark eye,
And said I to myself: "I'll be there by and by."

2. I watched and I watched, all the night in the dark,
For to ask pretty Nancy to be my sweetheart,
But all that she said, when I saw her next day:
"And are you the young rogue they call Ramble-Away?"

3. I said: "Pretty Nancy, don't laugh in my face."
But she answered by slipping away from the place.
So to find her I rambled through fair Lincolnshire,
And I vowed I would ramble I did not care where.

4. Come all you young maidens, wherever you be,
And find pretty Nancy and bring her to me.
And all you young ramblers, you mind and take care,
Or else you'll get brimbled at Brimbledon Fair.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Brimbledon Fair / Young Ramble-Away
From: Susan of DT
Date: 27 Jan 11 - 07:22 AM

Rambleaway


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Brimbledon Fair / Young Ramble-Away
From: Artful Codger
Date: 27 Jan 11 - 02:31 PM

"Rambleaway" also appears on The Young Tradition's eponymous recording under the title of "Derry Down Fair" (compare to the DT entry Susan linked).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Brimbledon Fair / Young Ramble-Away
From: GUEST,Ebor.Fiddler
Date: 27 Jan 11 - 05:02 PM

I can just hear the late Jon Rennard singing "Brimbledon Fair" in my head now, God rest his soul. Thanks for the memory.


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOUNG RAMBLE-AWAY
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Jan 11 - 05:48 PM

The Bodleian Library Ballad Collection has two copies of this song: Harding B 13(20) and Harding B 13(19).


YOUNG RAMBLE-AWAY

1. As I was a-going to Birmingham fair,
With my scarlet coat and everything rare,
Enough to entice girls buxom and gay,
Who are willing to go with young Ramble-away.

2. When that I set my foot in the fair,
I saw pretty Nancy a-combing her hair.
I gave her the wink. She roll'd her black eye.
Thinks I to myself, "I'll be there by and by."

3. As I was a-watching one night in the dark,
I took pretty Nancy for my sweetheart.
She smil'd in my face and thus she did say,
"Are you the young man call'd young Ramble-away?"

4. I said, "Pretty Nancy, don't smile in my face.
I do not intend to stop long in this place."
So I tipt her the double through fair Lincolnshire,
And I said I would ramble, I didn't care where.

5. "Your dad and your mam they are going from home,
And when they return, I will sing them a song."
O then he did say, "Your daughter's astray
With a strange little rogue called Ramble-away."

6. Come all pretty maidens whoever you be.
With those jolly lads never make over free.
Hat, cap and feather you may have [for] to wear,
And a bunch of blue ribbons to tie up your hair.

7. Her person grew round when she got to the play,
Where she look'd in vain for young Ramble-away.
When her baby was born, with tears she did say,
"What a fool to be led off by Ramble-away!"


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