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Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' on the Sea

GUEST,Grizzly 18 Feb 01 - 09:53 PM
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Subject: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: GUEST,Grizzly
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 09:53 PM

Does anyone have the lyrics to Braw Sailin' On The Sea? I've heard it as sung by Ossian a few years back, and understand that Eileen McGann does a bang up job of it on a recent album.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BRAW SAILING
From: Julia
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 10:17 PM

Here's how I sing it
There is a version in Ord's Bothy Songs and Ballads- the verses are in different order but essentially the same - no melody noted there. I use Ossian's melody

BRAW SAILING

There cam' a letter late yestreen
The Ship maun sail the morn
"Alas!" Cried the bonny lass
That ever I was born

Chorus
And it's Braw sailing on the sea
When wind and weather's fair
It's better tae be in my love's airms
An' oh, gin I were there

And when he cam tae her faither's hoos
At twelve o'clock at noon
This lassie bein' prude hairted
She wouldna let him in

So he's ta'e a ring frae his pocket
It cost him guineas three
Sayin' "Tak ye that my bonnie lass
An' aye think weel o'me"

Then she's ta'en a ring frae her pocket
It cost him shillings nine
Sayin'"Tak ye that my bonnie lad
For I ha'e changed my min'"

An' it's braw drinkin' Glasgow beer
It's better drinkin' wine
It's better tae be in my love's airms
Where I've been money's the time

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 29-Nov-01.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Naemanson
Date: 18 Feb 01 - 11:29 PM

Chords?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Wolfgang
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 06:16 AM

A thanks for the lyrics from me too. I know it from the singing of the McCalmans.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Naemanson
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 12:53 PM

Chords, please?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Naemanson
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 08:11 PM

Pretty please?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Julia
Date: 19 Feb 01 - 08:33 PM

Jeez!! When I land back on whatever planet it is that I live on, I'll get the chords to ya!! Right now I need to sleep- just spent 7 hours in recording mastering lab...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Naemanson
Date: 20 Feb 01 - 07:47 AM

Thank you, Julia.

Will you and Fred be able to join us for Mocha Cafe this Saturday?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Wolfgang
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 04:01 AM

correction due to my bad memory: the version I know is also from Ossian.

Wolfgang


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Subject: Lyr Add: BRAW SAILING (Eileen McGann's version)
From: black walnut
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 03:52 PM

Eileen McGann's version:
(from her album 'Journeys')

The letter came late yestere'en
The ship must sail the morn
'Alas', then cried my own true love
'That ever I was born'

Chorus:
And it's braw sailing on the sea
When wind and weather is fair
It's better being in my love's arm
And oh that I were there

The moon rose full o'er the deep
Where sea and sky do meet
But naught I heard but the murmuring wave
That broke upon my feet

Distant shores be fair and wild
And friends in ports be dear
But in every song and every glass
I wish my love were near

It's braw drinking Glasgow beer
It's better drinking wine
It's better being in my love's arms
Where I've been many's the time


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Julia
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 05:38 PM

Alright, Naemanson, here are your chords-

C Am Em G There cam a letter late yestreen

C G The ship maun leave the morn

Am F C F Alas cries the bonnie lass

C G F That ever I was born

(Resolve to C at the end of the song)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: black walnut
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 06:28 PM

It also sounds GREAT in DADGAD! (which i'm 99.999% sure is how eileen plays it)

~black walnut


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Naemanson
Date: 21 Feb 01 - 10:58 PM

Thank you, Julia.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: black walnut
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 10:01 AM

I'd be interested to know how the 2 versions we've posted have come to be so different. Does anyone know? They seem to be telling two very different stories.

~black walnut


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: black walnut
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 10:03 AM

I'd be interested to know how the 2 versions we've posted have come to be so different. Does anyone know? They seem to be telling two very different stories.

~black walnut


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: black walnut
Date: 22 Feb 01 - 10:09 AM

sorry 'bout that.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: GUEST,Grizzly
Date: 26 Feb 01 - 05:51 PM

Much appreciated. Ya know, from the Ossian recording I'd swear they were singing "And Oak and I were there..." :)

---- 'Scuse me while I kiss this guy...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: GUEST,mandy
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 12:43 PM

kris drever's recorded it now too


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Acorn4
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 01:09 PM

Eileen McGann sings the song in D which would imply that her partner David K who does her guitar work would be playing in either open D or DADGAD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Acorn4
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 01:19 PM

Just been on Eileen's Myspace and the song is available as a download.

http://www.myspace.com/eileenmcgann


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 01:57 PM

Disappointing that no-one's pointed out above that it was Tony Cuffe [ RIP ] who sang the song with "Ossian", and I'm 99% certain that the melody used was Tony's own. "Ord's Bothy Ballads" was a great source for Tony, and he saved several good songs from obscurity by re-working the lyrics and putting them to his own tunes.I'm sure I still have a recording of him singing "Braw Sailin'" at one of the Aberdeen Folk Clubs in the early 1970s, years before he joined "Ossian". Credit where it's due, please, people.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 02:24 PM

Here's (roughly) how Kris Drever does it:

D                        A
There came a letter late yestreen
D                        A
The ship maun sail the morn
Bm      G       F#m    G
Alas cried the bonny lass
D         A      G
That ever I was born

CHORUS
D                            A
And it's braw sailing on the sea
D                         A
When wind and weather's fair
Bm             G    F#m       G
It's better tae be in my love's arms
D    A          G
Oh gin I were there


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 02 Sep 09 - 07:51 PM

Point of information for those of us who grew up decimal; I take it guineas three is considerably more than shillings nine?

The song was done very nicely by Gordon McIntyre and Kate Delaney. I think it was on the Caledonia Dreaming album.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Declan
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 03:20 AM

A guinea was one score shillings and one.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: gnomad
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 03:29 AM

For those who are unsure what a score is (20) three guineas is just seven times as much as nine shillings.

Nice song, and one I had forgotten about, thanks for the reminder.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: JHW
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 05:03 PM

Eileen McGann's sleeve notes say "This song had it's beginnings in Scotland and has 'evolved' en route via Nova Scotia and Calgary".
If I remember right her live introduction was that she had only a verse and chorus (and melody I guess) to which she added verses.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' on the Sea
From: GUEST,Richard
Date: 18 Feb 11 - 02:27 PM

This song is also on an album called Secret Orders by Claire Mann and Aaron Jones. The latter sings it with the Old Blind Dogs. They use the rings in pocket version.

In the lyrics added by Julia "money" should perhaps by "mony" or "monie" - the Scots version of "many" and nothing to do with cash. That may not be obvious to those not familiar with a Scottish accent.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' on the Sea
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 12:22 PM

From The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Part 9 by Francis James Child (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1804), page 260. This is in the "Additions and Corrections" appendix, under the heading 219. The Gardener:

A fragment in Motherwell's MS., obtained from Widow Nicol, 'It's braw sailing here,' p. 110, has something of both pieces without any suggestion of the flower-dress.

1. It's braw sailing here,
And it's braw sailing there,
And it's braw sailing on the seas
When wind and tide are fair.

2. It's braw drinking beer,
And it's braw drinking wine,
And it's braw courting a bonnie lass
When she is in her prime.

3. O the gardener sent me word,
He that pued the rose for me,
The willow, primrose, the red rose,
But I denied all three.

4. The willow I'll deny,
The primrose it buds soon,
But I'll chuse for me the red rose,
And I vow it'll stand till June.

5. In June my red rose sprung,
It was not a rose for me,
So I'll pull the top of my red rose,
And I'll plant the willow-tree.

6. For the willow I must wear,
With sorrows mixed amang,
And all the neighbours far and near
Say I luved a false luve lang.


[Verse] 2 [line] 2. braw altered to better.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' on the Sea
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 02:44 PM

Also recorded by Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' on the Sea
From: Zen
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 05:37 PM

I sing the rings in pockets version in a similar setting to Kris Drever's.


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