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The Troubadour Song (The Nightingale Sings)


Uncle_DaveO 14 Jul 00 - 02:58 PM
GUEST 14 Jul 00 - 07:06 PM
Uncle_DaveO 14 Jul 00 - 10:05 PM
Deckman 08 Mar 06 - 10:50 PM
Amos 08 Mar 06 - 10:53 PM
Flash Company 09 Mar 06 - 10:44 AM
SINSULL 09 Mar 06 - 04:59 PM
SINSULL 09 Mar 06 - 05:25 PM
Flash Company 10 Mar 06 - 04:43 AM
GUEST,Brian Kerr 12 Jun 10 - 07:56 AM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 12 Jun 10 - 08:33 AM
Jim Dixon 13 Jun 10 - 11:14 AM
Jim Dixon 13 Jun 10 - 01:11 PM
GUEST,Padrigha 10 Nov 10 - 07:32 PM
Thomas Stern 10 Nov 10 - 07:53 PM
Genie 10 Nov 10 - 10:03 PM
GUEST,leeneia 11 Nov 10 - 09:48 AM
GUEST,leeneia 11 Nov 10 - 10:05 AM
GUEST,crazy little woman 11 Nov 10 - 02:06 PM
Bill D 11 Nov 10 - 03:50 PM
Genie 11 Nov 10 - 06:39 PM
Bill D 11 Nov 10 - 08:20 PM
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iancarterb 11 Nov 10 - 10:33 PM
Genie 12 Nov 10 - 01:52 AM
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Subject: The Nightingale Sings ^^
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 14 Jul 00 - 02:58 PM

THE NIGHTINGALE SINGS (Troubadour Song)

Do you happen to know of a maiden in need
Of a sweeetheart? Here's one who is anxious to plead
It's a shame that a handsome young fellow like me
Should be left while the nightingale sings in the tree.
It's a shame that a handsome young fellow like me
Should be left while the nightingale sings in the tree.

In the wood and the meadow, beneath the bright moon,
Every lad with his lass makes the most of the June.
The world's gone a-wooing, excepting of me,
While the nightingale sings to his mate in the tree.
The world's gone a-wooing, excepting of me,
While the nightingale sings to his mate in the tree.

The time, it is short; there is none I can spare
For the nightingale's song will soon die in the air.
Don't you think, dearest Phyllis, you'd better agree
To make love while the nightingale sings in the tree?
Don't you think, dearest Phyllis, you'd better agree
To make love while the nightingale sings in the tree?

From the singing of Burl Ives, early 50s.
DRO^^

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    Note: You'll find "Troubadour Song" on page 45 of the 1955 edition of Song Fest. Two differences (see italics above):
    • please instead of plead
    • And instead of while
    -Joe Offer, November, 2010-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Nightingale Sings
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jul 00 - 07:06 PM

is this not also a bob davenport song?

any come back from uk about bob?

one of the greatest revival singers


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Nightingale Sings
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 14 Jul 00 - 10:05 PM

I suppose it could be, but the only source _I'm_ aware of is Burl Ives.

When I was in my twenties, about forty-five years ago, I couldn't sing this without tearing up a little. My love life was going nowhere, and this song got me to wallowing in self-pity.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Nightingale Sings (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Deckman
Date: 08 Mar 06 - 10:50 PM

This is such a fine, fine song! Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Nightingale Sings (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Amos
Date: 08 Mar 06 - 10:53 PM

I have sung it for years also, but I was certain it had come to me from the playing of Richard Dyer Bennett. Seems unlikely I could confuse those two voices!! LOL But,m I seem to recall having been wrong about something once, so anything' s possible...


A


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Nightingale Sings (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Flash Company
Date: 09 Mar 06 - 10:44 AM

I learned it from Burl Ives, I think the LP was called 'Songs of Courting and Complaint', also included Lolly-too-dum and The Wealthy Old Maid.

FC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Nightingale Sings (sung by Burl Ives)
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Mar 06 - 04:59 PM

He sang this to me and changed the name to Mary. Then he went off with a nurse because he was ill and thought she suited his needs better,
Bitter pill. I hate this song.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Nightingale Sings (sung by Burl Ives)
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Mar 06 - 05:25 PM

Sorry for the thread drift.
M


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Nightingale Sings (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Flash Company
Date: 10 Mar 06 - 04:43 AM

Don't really see that as drift, Sinsull, Interesting to know that there are still people who use such songs for the purpose for which they were intended. Sorry about the outcome, though, I guess a sick rat is still a rat.

FC


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Nightingale Sings (sung by Burl I
From: GUEST,Brian Kerr
Date: 12 Jun 10 - 07:56 AM

This song appears on "nine Points of Roguery" by The Virginia Company, Williamburg Foundation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Nightingale Sings (sung by Burl I
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 12 Jun 10 - 08:33 AM

The song's real name is "The Troubadour Song."

No relation to "Soldier and the Lady" / "One Morning in May" / "Nightingale," despite the citations at the top of the thread!

It is a composed popular song. It would be nice to know its origin. Can anyone confirm it's by Bob Davenport? If not, it may be by one of Ives' prolific New York art community friends, or even by Ives himself.

Very touching song! I, too, went through a period of adolescent angst when this song was my calling card to love. Ah! flaming youth! :-)

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 11:14 AM

Although the dictionaries, and even Microsoft's spellchecker, insist that the spelling is troubadour, I often find it spelled troubador on the Internet. There is even a Burl Ives album called "Troubador" and you can see the album cover here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jun 10 - 01:11 PM

Back in the days when an "album" consisted of several 78-rpm records sold as a set, there was a set of 4 called "The Return of the Wayfaring Stranger" by Burl Ives (Columbia C-186), issued in 1949. The individual records were were:
Columbia 38482 LITTLE MOHEE b/w ON SPRINGFIELD MOUNTAIN Columbia
Columbia 38483 LORD RANDALL b/w TROUBADOR (sic) SONG
Columbia 38484 COLORADO TRAIL & ROVING GAMBLER b/w BONNIE WEE LASSIE
Columbia 38485 DIVIL AND THE FARMER b/w JOHN HARDY

The above information is from Billboard Magazine and the Online 78-rpm Discography Project.

*
The song appears in English Dance and Song, Volume 27 (London: English Folk Dance and Song Society, 1964), page 148.

Due to copyright, Google classifies this issue as "snippet view" only.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: GUEST,Padrigha
Date: 10 Nov 10 - 07:32 PM

I was a tiny child when this album came out, making me a folk fanatic when there was so little to listen to other than c & w. My brother owned a precious copy and showed my very carefully how to handle a prize like a good l.p. I remember On Springfield Mt. word for word to this day while it's been decades ago. Is it available in any other format? if so where?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 10 Nov 10 - 07:53 PM

Collectables has reissued the Columbia albums on CD - available
from any retail source.
There is a 4CD set on JASMINE, a UK company, but available
stateside - relatively inexpensive, and another 4-CD set of
Ives radio show from Echo.
PM if you need links...

Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Genie
Date: 10 Nov 10 - 10:03 PM

I thought this song was on an LP Burl Ives album I had in college, called "Wayfaring Stranger," but this is the tracklist from that album:
1        Wee Cooper o' Fife #                 
2        Riddle Song                 
3        Tam Pierce                 
4        Peter Gray                 
5        Darlin' Cory #                 
6        Leather-Winged Bat                 
7        Cotton-Eyed Joe                 
8        Sweet Betsy From Pike #                 
9        On Top Of Old Smokey #                 
10        I Know Where I'm Going #                 
11        I Know My Love                 
12        Cowboy's Lament #

So I'm thinking it was a cover by someone else - The Limeliters? Kingston Trio? - that was my first exposure to the song.   I guess it could have been another Ives recording, but I don't think I had any others.


Funny coincidence:   I hadn't thought about this song in months, maybe years. Then today I was doing room to room music at a convalescent home and one woman, whose name she told me is Phyllis, asked me to pick a song to sing for her. So I did this song for her. She'd never heard it but liked it a lot.
Then I come home and open the Mudcat forum and here's a thread about that very same song!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 09:48 AM

About spelling:

My unabridged dictionary says that 'troubador' is a variant of 'troubadour.'

And it also says that 'troubabour' is derived from the Provencal word 'trobador,' which means to compose in verse.

So it looks to me like Burl's spelling is not only acceptable, it's closer to the original spelling from Provence, the home of the troubadors.
=======
Genie: nice coincidence about Phyllis. Or was it not coincidence but a form of happy magic?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 10:05 AM

I searched in vain for the music to these words. If anybody knows of a MIDI, video or mp3, I would like to hear how it goes.

I did find out where it comes from. It comes from a comic play called 'The Dreaming of Aloysius' by Louis Lippa. Part of it is on Google Books.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: GUEST,crazy little woman
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 02:06 PM

I tried to find it on YouTube. There are pages and pages of stuff by Burl Ives, much of it the same few songs again and again. I finally gave up trying to find this particular song.

So if anybody knows a site where we can hear the tune...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 03:50 PM

Technology triumphs! I recently bought a phone that records sound, so I sang two verses of this into it, converted it from the narrow band .amr format with a piece of weird software to MP3, then uploaded it to my Comcast storage folder.

I have not tried to sing this for years, and my voice shows it, but you can get the tune from it.

Troubadour-Song


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Genie
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 06:39 PM

Weird. My post seemed to go through, complete with link, but somehow it disappeared into cyberspace.


Anyway, Bill's link doesn't work for me, so I made a quick and dirty* recording of the song to demo the tune.   CLICK HERE.






*as in guitar not quite in tune, voice not warmed up, asthma acting up, and guitar work very sloppy - but the tune comes through


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 08:20 PM

??It worked earlier... try this--

TroubadourSong

(It wanted a dash instead of an underscore...I hope that did it)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 08:22 PM

Weird...but it seems to work now. I think Genie is in a bit better voice....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: iancarterb
Date: 11 Nov 10 - 10:33 PM

Genie- The 10" LP is THE RETURN of the Wayfaring Stranger. Springfield Mtn, Little Mohee, Troubadour Song, Lord Randall, Bonnie Wee Lassie, Colorado Trail, Devil and the Farmer, Roving Gambler, and John Hardy.
Columbia cl6058
Carter B


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Genie
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 01:52 AM

Yeah, Ian, I don't think I ever had that LP. It was probably Burl's version of the song that I heard but I'm not sure where.   Could have been a record belonging to a friend.   Anyway I liked the song from the start.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 12:19 PM

Thanks very much, Genie and Bill D.

I'll try to make a MIDI of the tune so it will be preserved.


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Subject: Tune Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Genie
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 01:43 PM

Good idea, leeneia. Thanks.

On my older 'puter I could use Finale NotePad to make MIDI files but I DK how to do that with my new and improved Mac with iMovie, iTunes and Garage Band. (OK Garage Band could do it if I had a MIDI interface, but without that it's kind of tedious.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Genie
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 01:55 PM

BTW, Bill, you and I both sound like we need our rescue inhalers. LOL


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Amos
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 02:26 PM

I learned it from an old LP by Richard Dyer-Bennett if memory serves. I don;t remember Burl doin it.


A


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Subject: The Troubadour Song (Smothers Brothers)
From: Genie
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 03:23 PM

My googling for this song has just reminded me that The Smothers Brothers also sang - well, that and spoofed - The Troubadour Song on their TV show in the '60s and it's one an album of routines from that show.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Bill D
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 04:06 PM

Amos... it is on The Wayfaring Stranger album by Burl...(one of my oldest LPs)

And on Dyer-Bennet 10- 1962, there is a song called "The Unfortunate Troubador", which he says he wrote about 1940. It is not the same song at all. If Dyer-Bennet did it, it's not on any of the 8-9 LPs I have.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Genie
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 01:37 AM

Amos does sing the Troubadour Song that Burl Ives recorded. I've heard him do it.

In fact, I think maybe it was in the Peace Cabin at the 2008 Getaway.



And, BTW, WTF is going on with the Mudcat software?    This is about the 4th time in as many days that I've posted something, seen it go through (i.e., show up), and then a bit later have it seem to have vanished into thin air.   Weird.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Amos
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 03:29 AM

Bill D:

Dang, I guess I got Burl and RDB crossed up in my memories of childhood. They say that whatchamacallit is the first thing to go.

But they don't say where.


S


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Genie
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 04:22 AM

What was the question, Amos?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 01:47 PM

I've made a MIDI of the melody from Genie's and BillD's recordings. I raised it from Genie's C to the key of D. I'll submit the MIDI to Joe.

I'm interested in early music. If you want to hear what a troubador's song sounded like, it will sound a lot more like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBUpDqhwcBg

The tune for 'The Nightingale Sings'is far more modern than any actual troubador song. But then, I don't think it's supposed to be taken seriously.

Click to play


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Don Firth
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 03:22 PM

I recall hearing a recording of Burl Ives singing it back when records were on stone tablets. I learned it from The New Song Fest, compiled by Dick and Beth Best, along about 1955 or so. No program notes, but music and words of all kinds of good songs. Lots of folk songs, spirituals, camp songs, odds and ends.

Obviously not a genuine Troubadour song (11th and 12th centuries). But then, Rudy Vallee used to bill himself as "The Vagabond Troubadour" which, of course, he was not.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Nov 10 - 06:24 PM

Midi from Leeneia posted.

Bob "Deckman" Nelson did a very nice recording of this on his Songs I Sing After Dark CD.

As leeneia says above (click) the song appears in a 2002 play titled The Dreaming of Aloysius by Louis Lippa.

Google Books says this song is on Page 148 of Volume 27 of English Dance and Song - anybody have that volume? Can you tell us what the article says about the song and its origins? I think we need to go a bit farther before we've found the origins of this song. So far, the the buck stops with the Burl Ives recording and Song Fest.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 09:06 AM

Jim Dixon referred to this song being published in English Dance & Song. It was in the October 1965 issue, where the notes state:
"Reprinted from the New Song Fest, first published by Crown Publishers Inc, New York in 1937, by kind permission of Richard L. Best. Richard Best adds: "I learned the song from a student, and have no idea where he found it. I had heard it before, and I suspect that he found it in a collection. If you could find a more authoritative source you might get closer to some original."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Nov 10 - 07:09 PM

Thanks, Derek. Our hope for a revelation from English Dance & Song turned out to be just a loop back to Song Fest. I found the song only in the 1955 edition of Song Fest, not in earlier editions. I did not see the explanation from Richard Best - maybe that wasn't published in the Song Fest book.
So, we're still in a puzzlement. It's a very clever song, but my guess is that it's modern.
-Joe-

------------ Thread closed due to heavy spamming. Contact Joe Offer if you need it reopened.---------------------


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Sep 11 - 05:31 PM

Here's a message from Claire Bear. She asked me to post it because the thread was closed by Spam. I'll probably have to close it again, but I'll leave the thread open for a day or two for responses.
-Joe-

Claire's message:
    Hi Joe,

    The thread about this song is closed, but I have some source information to add so, because the message on the thread says to contact you, I thought I'd just send it to you and let you add it without opening the thread, if your magic extends to that functionality.

    I happened to be researching "Troubador Song" this morning, because my sister Frieda is coming to the Getaway with me and she wants us to sing it with me at one of the evening concerts.

    I found that its composer is Louis Pippa, and that it comes from the play The Dreaming Of Aloysius (1928), according to
    http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/t/troubadoursong.shtml. (This is one of those annoying lyrics sites that loads spam, by the way.)

    Louis Pippa is mentioned at another, earlier-dated, noncommercial site as the songwriter -- see http://blog.seniorennet.be/oldies_lyrics_scrapbook/archief.php?ID=784286 -- so that's some indication that the lyricsplayground info may be correct despite the dubious quality of the site.

    Sadly, I can find nothing at all about that play.

    See you at the Getaway, I hope!

    Cheers,
    Claire


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: ClaireBear
Date: 08 Sep 11 - 05:56 PM

On the other hand...

My sister, who's a better researcher than I (a librarian, so she has better resources, and retired, so she has more time), found a children's play/ebook by that name dated 2002 and written by Louis Lippa (not Pippa).

It has snippets of songs in it -- not The Troubadour Song (at least in the part that's available as a sample), but many others. It does make me question the information I found.

That would explain why I haven't found any reference to "Louis Pippa" anywhere other than the two sites referenced above, though I wonder where the 1928 came from, in that case...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Artful Codger
Date: 08 Sep 11 - 09:44 PM

The lyricsplayground attribution is faulty. Lippa was born in 1927; 'nuff said. This song and "Big Rock Candy Mountain" are just some songs featured in Lippa's 2002 play.

The Naxos Ives compilation CD Troubador lists the available attributions for songs, apparently from the original releases. In every case, the attribution is "traditional", but in a few cases, Ives is additionally credited with arrangement. Consequently, I believe Ives thought of it as a traditional song, or at least was unaware of its provenance.

There is also this version, which may be a relatively modern merger of the Ives song with "The Soldier and the Maid", or may in fact be "traditional":
THE NIGHTINGALE

As I was out walking one morning in May,
I spied a young couple so fondly did play,
One was a fair maid and her beauty shone clear,
And the other was a soldier and a bold grenadier.

And they kissed so sweet and comforting as they clung to each other
They went arm in arm along the road like sister and brother
They went arm in arm along the road til they came to a stream
And they both sat down together love to hear the nightingale sing..

Then out of his knapsack he took a fine fiddle
And he played her such a merry tune as you ever did hear
And he played her such a merry tune that the valleys did ring
"Hark, hark," cried the fair maid, "Hear the nightingale sing!"

"Oh, soldier, oh soldier, will you marry me?"
Oh, no, pretty lady, however can that be.
For I've me own wife at home in me own country,
Two wives and the army's too many for me!

In the woods and the meadows beneath the bright moon,
Every lad with his lass makes the most of the June,
It's a shame that a handsome, young fellow like me,
Should be left, while the nightingale sings in the tree!"

"Oh, I'm off to India for seven long years
Drinking wine and strong whisky instead of small beer
And if ever I return it will be in the spring
And we'll both sit down together love to hear the nightingale sing."

Traditional; learnt from Ken Greenhough of the "Union Folk" c. 1968

The Virginia Company also performs another version:
The Nightingale: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spqb7ZaCddk

The clip notes claim there are many versions, going back at least 400 years, but that may presume this particular song is indeed a variant of "The Soldier and the Maid"/"Hear the Nightingale Sing", which I don't think has been established. There is an old but unrelated song, "The Nightingale", which is often encountered in broadsides and collections; this, combined with the Ives title, may mislead those doing hasty research in regard to the song's actual age. But I find myself now leaning toward a "folk" provenance at least.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Genie
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 01:27 AM

Here is a very rudimentary, living-room recording of "The Troubadour Song" - recorded so people can hear the song with the tune Burl Ives used.

Click to play (MIDI by Genie)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 09 Sep 11 - 09:28 AM

thanks, Genie

If you sing it right, it kinda sounds like something from an opera by Händel.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 02:24 AM

Alan Lomax

"See the wild rippling water, hear the nightingale sing"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnd5zUb4saY


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 03:49 AM

I have a memory of this being sung in the late 60's by the Yetties in England


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 13 Dec 11 - 12:01 PM

To be clear I was referring to the original song this thread is about "Do you happen etc..." above but on digging out my vinyl copy of "Fifty Stone of Loveliness" by the Yetties I asee they include the other two popular Nightingale songs "My Sweetheart come along etc....." and "They kissed so sweet and comforting etc.........." on the LP but not the one I thought I recalled.

Digging further into the grey matter of memories I am now sure that my memory of "Do you happen etc..." comes from the singing of Dave Cooper one of organisers of the Phoebus Awakes Folk Club in Catford rather than the Yetties way back


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 06:02 AM

This is the melody (almost) used by Dominic Behan:
The Nightingale Sings


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 07:44 AM

Just rechecked the Richard Dyer-Bennet discography in Paul O. Jenkins fine biography of Richard Dyer-Bennet: The Last Minstrel and there is no sign that he ever recorded "The Troubadour."

Dyer-Bennet did compose "The Unfortunate Troubadour" in 1940, noting that the story was not based on personal experience.

Dyer-Bennet and Ives did collaborate in the 1940s on Burl's New York radio show entitled The Wayfaring Stranger, with Ives leading American folksongs derived from British folksongs and Dyer-Bennet leading the British versions.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: Video: The Troubadour Song (Claire & Frieda)
From: Genie
Date: 14 Dec 11 - 01:56 PM

ClaireBear and sister Frieda did a wonderful duet of this song (with comedic effect) at the Sunday night concert at the Getaway this year. Check it out.

The Troubadour Song: Claire and Frieda at FSGW Getaway 2011


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Don Firth
Date: 19 Aug 12 - 02:51 PM

Che?

Don Firth

P. S. Quite a co-inkydink. I was just practicing that song this morning, then opened up Mudcat and found this going on.

If anyone can exhume a copy of Dick and Beth Best's The New Song Fest from back in the Fifties, it's in there, words and music, no background notes, along with a whole bunch of other good stuff.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Larry The Radio Guy
Date: 19 Aug 12 - 03:14 PM

Interesting song.

Seduction through evoking pity.

Anybody know if it works?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 08 Dec 12 - 05:57 AM

Just sang this.

I have it on Burl Ives, "The Wayfaring Stranger," Columbia - LP, 195-something (undated)

But I learned it from Ed McCurdy whom I taped at a gig at The Second Fret, Philadelphia, 1960. I played the tape on my folk music show on WXPN.

I still don't know anything about it, though.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Dec 13 - 02:46 PM

Not in "The Burl Ives Songbook," 1953, Ballantine Books.

Recorded in Album 2, "Return of the Wayfaring Stranger," as "Troubadour Song" (note spelling), Columbia CL 6058; also available as a single (with?).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Troubadour Song (sung by Burl Ives)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Dec 13 - 03:11 PM

Note: The Troubadour Song is Not on albums of this title (Return of the Wayfaring Stranger) printed in UK; they have different catalogue numbers. The same may be true of some U.S. issues.


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