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Origins: Braw Sailin' on the Sea / Braw Sailing

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


Ossian recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhli0-__FBE&feature=youtu.be

Susie Malcolm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-hIBkhYupU


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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')


BRAW SAILING
(Eileen McGann's version)

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: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: GUEST,gacan@peoplepc.com
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 08:41 PM

Could anyone help me. I'm trying to find the lyrics for Braw Sailin' On The Sea Ossian recorded this sometime in the early 80's


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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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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' on the Sea
From: GUEST,Sandra
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 04:12 PM

Does anyone know where I can find some sheet music, or the melody line to this song? Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' on the Sea
From: GUEST,Starship
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 05:04 PM

GUEST,Sandra, are you able to learn it by ear??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' on the Sea
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 24 Mar 20 - 06:30 PM

Read with your ears :)

https://youtu.be/xhli0-__FBE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Braw Sailin' On The Sea
From: Bearheart
Date: 04 Jun 20 - 01:46 PM

Recently found this song on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhli0-__FBE) while looking for another Ossian song. No words for how much I like it.

Grateful to now have words and chords...

Jim Dixon's post re The Gardener (child 219) is very enlightening.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Braw Sailin' on the Sea / Braw Sailing
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jun 20 - 02:24 PM

Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on this song:

It's Braw Sailin' on the Sea

DESCRIPTION: "There cam a letter late yestreen, Our ship maun sail in the morn." The girl gives back his ring, declaring, "Tak that, my bonnie lad, For I hae changed my mind." The song is largely comparisons: "It's braw sailing on the sea, It's better drinkin' wine."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1904 (GreigDuncan6)
KEYWORDS: love sailor separation betrayal ring
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #129, p. 1, "It's Braw Sailin' on the Sea" (1 text)
GreigDuncan6 1217, "It's Braw Sailin' on the Sea" (3 texts, 3 tunes)
Ord, p. 203, "It's Braw Sailin' on the Sea" (1 text)

Roud #5537
File: Ord203

Go to the Ballad Search form
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Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
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The Ballad Index Copyright 2020 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Braw Sailin' on the Sea / Braw Sailing
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 04 Jun 20 - 02:51 PM

This same problem demonstrated here is very common where a commonplace gets attached to several songs but becomes the title of several of them. They are therefore separate songs with little in common. The verse was printed in English, Irish and Scottish versions of The Sprig of Thyme and the related Seeds of Love in the late 18th century, and there are versions of the ballad going back to London printings in the 17th century but not that verse.

Here's the same stuff from a garland printed from Forrest of Edinburgh in the 1760s:

Brave sailing there, my dear,
And better Sailing here
And 'tis brave sailing 'twixt my love's arms,
O! If I were there.

A Waterford version has

There are fine boats sailing here,
And steam carriages on the line,
I wish I was in my love's arms
That stole this heart of mine.

And a later English version printed in Manchester c1850.

It's very well drinking ale,
And it's very well drinking wine
But it's far better sitting on a young man's knee
That's won this heart of mine..

There's a superb recording of Joseph Taylor on Unto Brigg Fair singing
his version with this verse.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Braw Sailin' on the Sea / Braw Sailing
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jun 20 - 03:19 PM

Yeah, Steve, but mostly this thread is the song about the letter that came yestreen.
Here's the version in Ord, very similar to the version posted by Julia way up top.

IT'S BRAW SAILIN' ON THE SEA.

THERE cam' a letter late yestreen,
Our ship maun sail the morn;
Alas, says the bonnie lass,
That ever I was born,
To sit so late wi' my true love,
And part wi' him the morn.

When he cam' to her father's gate,
At twelve o'clock at noon,
This girlie, being proud-hearted,
She widna lat him in;
This girlie, being proud-hearted,
She wadna lat him in.

It's braw sailin' on the sea,
When wind and weather's fair;
It's better being in my love's arms,
And O gin I were there.
It's better being in my love's arms,
And O gin I were there.

It's braw drinkin' Glasgow beer,
It's better drinkin' wine;
But it's better being in my love's arms,
Where I've been mony's the time;
But it's better being in my love's arms,
Where I've been mony's the time.

He's taen the ring from his pocket,
Which cost him guineas three;
Says, " Tak' ye that, ye weel-faur'd maid,
And aye think weel o' me
Says, " Tak' ye that, ye weel-faur'd maid,
And aye think weel o' me."

She's taen the ring frae her pocket,
Which cost him shillin's nine;
Says, " Tak' ye that, my bonnie lad,
For I hae changed my min' "
Says, " Tak' ye that, my bonnie lad,
For I hae changed my min'."


Source: Ord's Bothy Songs and Ballads, page 203


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Subject: ADD Version Braw Sailin' on the Sea / Braw Sailing
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jun 20 - 06:00 PM

IT'S BRAW SAILIN' ON THE SEA
There Came a Letter


There cam a letter late yestreen
Wer ship man sails the morn
Alas says the bonnie lass
That ever I was born
To sit sae late wi' my true love
And pairt wi him the morn.

As he cam till her father's gate
At twelve o' clock at noon
This girlie being proud hearted
She wadna lat him in
This girlie being proud hearted
She wadna lat him in.

It's braw sailin on the sea
When wind and weather's fine
But it's better being in my love's arms
Faur I've been mony's the time
But it's better being in my love's arms
Where I've been mony's the time.

It's braw sailin on the sea
When wind and weather's fair
But it's better being in my love's arms
It's oh gin I was there
But it's better being in my love's arms
It's oh gin I was there.

He's taen the ring from her pocket
Which cost him guineas three
Says Tak ye that my well faured maid
And lay your love on me
Says Tak ye that my well-faured maid
And lay your love on me.

She's taen the ring frae her pocket
Which cost him shillings nine
Says Tak ye that my bonnie lad
For I hae changed my mind
Says Tak ye that my bonnie lad
For I hae changed my mind.

Singer JAMES GREIG - G (1904)
The tune used by Mr. Greig is a variant of "Lang Johnny More

#1217 A in the Greig-Duncan Folk Soong Collection, Volume 6


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