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Chords Req: Lovely Nancy

DigiTrad:
A-CREEPIN' AND A-CRAWLIN'
FARE YE WELL, LOVELY NANCY
KNIFE IN THE WINDOW
LOVELY NANCY
NANCY SPAIN
ON ONE APRIL MORNING
RAMBLEAWAY
SWEET NANCY
THE BANKS OF THE DON
THE GREEN BRIER SHORE (2)
THE MANTLE SO GREEN
TOO CLOSE TO THE WIND
WILLIAM AND NANCY


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Origins: Lovely Nancy - Various Versions (33)
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Melani 09 Nov 00 - 10:29 PM
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Subject: Lovely Nancy & Lowlands of Holland
From: BeauDangles
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 12:53 PM

Good Afternoon Mudcatters,

Can you help a friend in need? I need chords for two pieces that I would like to perform at a unique event on Nov. 18th. I and some friends am participating in an Elizabethan Evening (an historical reinactment of a sort) and I had thought to perform these two pieces, as they are, if not actually period pieces, at least they are not offensively out of period, and therefore might be acceptable entertainment for the crowd that night. We will also be doing some eliabethan dancing for which I have plenty music. But I would like to do these two songs just to add to the flavor of the evening.

My intention is to accompany myself on octave mandolin, since I don't own a lute and wouldn't even know how to play it if I did. I would like some fairly simple chords, preferably in the key of G or D, or maybe C. Can anybody out there help me?

Thanks

BeauD


Click here for Lowlands of Holland


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Lovely Nancy & Lowlands of Ho
From: Noreen
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 01:29 PM

Hi Beau, there are several versions, and tunes, to songs with these titles, hence more info will be necessary!

Noreen


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Lovely Nancy & Lowlands of Ho
From: BeauDangles
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 01:38 PM

Hmmm...specifics, huh?

Lovely Nancy. I refer to the piece that begins:

Adieu, Sweet lovely Nancy; ten thousand times adieu.
I am going around the ocean, love, to seek for something new.
Come change your ring with me, dear girl. Come change your ring with me,
For it might be a token of our true love, when I am on the sea.

The version I really like is by Popcorn Behavior, sung by Keith Murphy.

The version of Low, Low Lands of Holland that I need is by Dolores Kean & John Faulkner on Broken Hearted I'll Wander.

I can get more details if needed.

BeauD


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Subject: ADD: Farewell Lovely Nancy
From: Melani
Date: 09 Nov 00 - 10:29 PM

There's a very beautiful version of "Farewell Lovely Nancy" on the album "The John Renbourn Group in America," very similar to "Fare Ye Well Lovely Nancy" in the Digitrad database, but with a prettier tune.

FAREWELL LOVELY NANCY

Farewell, lovely Nancy, for it's now I must leave you,
Across the salt ocean I am bound for to go,
And though we be parted, my love, be true-hearted,
For I will return in the spring as you know.

She said, "Like a seaboy I will dress and go with you,
In the midst of all dangers your friend I'll remain.
In the cold stormy weather, when the winds they are blowing,
Love, I'll be ready to reef your topsail."

"Oh, your delicate fingers, they can't undo a tackle,
Your delicate feet to a topmast can't go,
And your little behind, love, oh, 'twould freeze in the wind, love,
I'd have you on shore when the cold winds do blow.

Farewell, lovely Nancy, for it's now I must leave you,
And for the West Indies my course I must steer,
And though we be parted, my love, be true-hearted,
For I will return in the spring of the year.

I'm afraid that's going to come out all run together. I don't know how to make line breaks. I wish I were computer-literate enough to give you the tune as well--it's really beautiful. Try to find the album.


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Subject: ADD: Lovely Nancy (Coppers Version)
From: Garry Gillard
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 03:30 AM

Here is the music (and words) for the Coppers version of Lovely Nancy. There are no chords, but they would be just the obvious dominant and subdominant here and there.

hth, Garry


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Lovely Nancy & Lowlands of Ho
From: Snuffy
Date: 10 Nov 00 - 08:45 AM

Of course there are no chords - it is meant to be sung unaccompanied. The voices amke the harmonies.

Wassail! V


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Subject: Lyr Add: LOVELY NANCY
From: Stewart
Date: 07 Jun 03 - 09:43 PM

Here's another version of Farewell Lovely Nancy, found in "A Selection of Some Less Known FOLK-SONGS," Vol. 2, arr. by Cecil J. Sharp, R. Vaughn Williams, and others, compiled by Cyril Winn (© 1909). Novello, London. p. 32.

Transcribed from a recording by Ian Campbell in "Blow The Man Down, Sea Songs and Shanties" - Topic Records TSCD464. This is an great collection of sea songs and shanties by traditional singers, re-released on CD by Topic Records.

LOVELY NANCY – Trad. Somerset, collected by Cecil Sharp

Farewell, my lovely Nancy, for it's now I must leave you,
All on the salt seas I am bound for to go;
But let my long absence be no trouble to you,
For I shall return in the spring, as you know.

Like some pretty little sea boy, I will dress and go with you
In the deepest of danger, I will stand as your friend;
In the cold stormy weather, when the winds are a-blowing,
My dear I'll be willing to wait upon you then.

Well, your pretty little hands they can't handle our tackle,
And your dainty little feet on our topmast can't go;
And the cold stormy weather, love, you can't well endure,
I would have you ashore, when the raging winds do blow.

So fare you well my lovely Nancy, since it's now I must leave you,
All on the salt seas I am bound for to go;
But you must be safe, and be loyal and constant,
For I shall return in the spring, as you know.

MIDI File CLICK HERE

Music Score HERE

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Lovely Nancy
From: Marje
Date: 08 Jun 03 - 06:34 AM

I hope you're not getting too confused, BeauD - these are two completely different songs with different tunes. Both lovely, but in no respect interchangeable.

The one you're asking about is the Copper family version. As Snuffy says, the chords aren't written down in their version, they're supplied by the voices, but it's really just a three-chord trick (D, G, A), with the odd relative minor if you want to be clever.The Coppers sing it in D. I shoud think C or D would suit most voices, you'll have to try it out with your mandolin.

Low Lands of Holland - Dolores Keane's tune (on the recording I have)is the major-key one that sounds a bit like a Scottish pipe tune, as opposed to the modal/minor one that sounds a bit like Star of the County Down. Great tune, but the melody has quite a big range and jumps for the singer. Again, there's nothing tricky about the chords, just the obvious ones will be fine. She sings it in A but that's really quite low for most voices. C or D might be better.

I think you should have tracked down the words by now with the links above, but let me know if you're still searching.


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Subject: RE: Lovely Nancy
From: Little Robyn
Date: 08 Jun 03 - 06:40 AM

Then there's the Kipper version - "Adieu you pretty Nancy boys..."


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Subject: RE: Lovely Nancy
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 08 Jun 03 - 11:52 AM

Although, as Marje points out, (Farewell) Lovely Nancy (or whichever of many titles you choose for it) isn't related to Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy, it's a nice song. There's a longer set, with tune, in the DT:  FARE YE WELL, LOVELY NANCY: in that case taken from Roy Palmer, Oxford Book of Sea Songs, 1986 (recently republished by Dave Herron as Boxing the Compass, 2001). The DT omits source information; that version was originally noted by Dr George Gardiner (text) and (probably) Charles Gamblin (tune) from George Lovett (born 1841) at Winchester, Hampshire. In January 1909, Ralph Vaughan Williams re-noted the melody because there was some doubt about the notation; it appears that he visited Mr Lovett and recorded his singing for later checking. Usually he gets credited as collector, but it's a bit more complicated than that.

The text Melani posted (a few years ago, now) is essentially Bert Lloyd's re-write of the Sharp set; the arch "reef your topsail" and the reference to Nancy's "behind" don't appear in any traditional or broadside versions that I've seen, and I expect that Lloyd made them up himself.

The Sharp version was noted, as Farewell My Dearest Nancy, from Mrs Susan Williams (73) at Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset, 26 December 1905. It has been a bit polished-up for publication, with a little additional material added. I don't know who changed Mrs Williams' "Dearest Nancy" to "Lovely Nancy"; Sharp himself published the song as Farewell Nancy with that bit unaltered.

There are a few broadside editions at  Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads:

The sailor's adieu.

Laws K14, Roud 527.


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Subject: RE: Lovely Nancy
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 08 Jun 03 - 12:10 PM

Marje - Beau Dangles might be confused by the fact that the request was posted in November 2000 - two and a half years ago ;¬)
(Although old threads are often worth a new think - we Mudcatters sometimes forget that when a person asked a question with a forthcoming specific event in mind our well meaning follow up years later are certainly too late for THAT event).
Some threads become a worthwhile resource in their own right - e.g. the collection of Uncle Dave Macon lyrics compiled mostly by Stewie following my request for a specific song.
{Coments Definitely NOT intended to annoy anyone!}
Quack!
Geoff!


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Subject: RE: Lovely Nancy
From: Art Thieme
Date: 08 Jun 03 - 02:42 PM

I wrote a parody of broken token songs called THAT'S THE TICKET that contained Lovely Nancy and her lover in a comedy of errors sort of.

You can find it under that song title in the DT.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Lovely Nancy
From: joffyB
Date: 30 Aug 05 - 11:59 AM

Don't suppose anyone knows the gtr chords that Tim Hart uses on Folksongs of England album with Maddy Prior? I think it's a perfect accompanyment & would love to try it out. Ta.


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Lovely Nancy
From: GUEST,Dobbins
Date: 30 Nov 09 - 11:00 AM

What about the Kathryn Roberts ans Sean Lakeman version called Lovely Nancy? The lyrics are slightly different but it starts "dare you well lovely Nancy ..."

Can't work out the chords as he tuned the guitar slightly flat..


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Lovely Nancy
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Nov 09 - 11:06 AM

oops.

i meant "fare you well lovely Nancy.."

obviously


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Lovely Nancy
From: stallion
Date: 30 Nov 09 - 12:27 PM

perhaps it was this one

Streams of Lovely Nancy

1
The streams of lovely Nancy - Divide into three parts,
Where young men and maidens – Do a-choose their sweethearts,
For a –drinking sweet liquors – makes their hearts for to sing'
And the noise in the valley – Makes the rocks for to ring

2
On yonder high mountain – A castle does stand:
It's a-builded of ivory – On yonder black strand
It's a-builded of ivory – And diamonds so bright
It's a pilot for sailors _ On a dark wintry night

3
On yonder high mountain – Where the wild fowls do fly
There is one fowl among them – That flies very high
If I had my true love – Near the diamonds black land
How soon I would tame her – By the sleight of my hand

4
We marched from Chester – To Liverpool town,
And there we spied lasses, - Some fair and some brown;
But of all the fine lasses – I ever did see
The voice of my angel – Is the darling for me


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Lovely Nancy
From: GUEST,Ch
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 06:30 PM

It's not - that's "The Streamers" by Seth Lakeman - the one being asked for is called "Lovely Nancy" by Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Roberts on their "1" album.


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Lovely Nancy
From: ossonflags
Date: 04 Mar 10 - 02:53 AM

Hope this is some help

http://www.acousticmusicarchive.com/adieu_sweet_lovely_nancy.html


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Lovely Nancy
From: davidkiddnet
Date: 20 Dec 12 - 12:47 AM

The various MIDI files I find online are not in any major key they are in A Minor. Like this:
Am
Am G   Am Am
Am Em Am Am
C    C   Em Dm
Am Em Am Am

The phrasing goes like this:
Fare ye /
well love-ly /Nan-cy for /I must now /leave you. I am /
bound to th'East /In-dies my /course for to /steer. I /
know ve-ry /well my long /abs-ence will /grieve you, B-ut /
true love, I'll be /back in the /spri-ng of the /year


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Subject: RE: Chords Req: Lovely Nancy
From: davidkiddnet
Date: 20 Dec 12 - 10:28 AM

But arguably that Dm at end of line 3 could be easier as a C major:

Am G   Am Am
Am Em Am Am
C    C   Em C
Am Em Am Am

What do you think?


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