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Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew (Chieftains)

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Ella who is Sooze 13 Mar 01 - 05:22 AM
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Ella who is Sooze 13 Mar 01 - 06:21 AM
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Subject: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 05:22 AM

Hallooo all

Just done a forum search and couldn't find it...

But I am looking for the lyrics to The May Morning Dew, as sung on the Chieftans, Water from the Well CD.

Goes something like,

How pleasant in winter to sit by the hearth

etc

hope someone can help..

Ell


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 05:36 AM

Hi, Ell - it's best not to search by song title. I searched for pleasant in winter and came up with this (click) in the Digital Tradition. The lyrics say you're supposed to "sit by the hob"? Hearth sounds better to me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: nutty
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 06:04 AM

The "HOB" is what we used to call ( in Yorkshire ) that part of the old iron fireplaces that held the pans and swung onto and off the fire so that the heat could be controlled


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 06:21 AM

Thanks Joe... I missed off an a at the end of my name... lol

Can always rely on the mudcat can't you, great stuff... ta.

Hearth sounds better to me too... easier to sing too.

Cheers

Ella


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 06:26 AM

hob...dog - the assonance is very Irish.
hearth...dog? Naah!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 06:47 AM

lol martin... I know... it is very Irish.... hob dog...

etc... lol


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: gnu
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 08:33 AM

....by the HOB. HOB HOB HOB !!!!!

gnu


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: gnu
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 08:39 AM

If nobody has Coneff's version in type, I'll type it up as soon as I can and post it. His rendition is priceless. Who says Hran players have no talent, besides Kevin ?

gnu


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: Alice
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 09:03 AM

Also on a Foltrax tape 60-161 available from John Moulden's Ulstersongs, collected from the singing of Annie Jane Kelly. "Arriving at Sarah Makem's house... greeted the 2 collectors... "You're as welcome as the flowers in May"... Annie Jane sang them some of the most lyrical love songs they had ever recorded....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: gnu
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 09:29 AM

Was saddened to hear about Sarah. Haven't heard any details, though. Anyone know the scoop ? Was going to send condolences, but only heard about two weeks after, from my cousin who learned from Evans & Doherty on their return trip from the services, so I felt it was a bit late.

gnu


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: gnu
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 09:37 AM

Just got an email correcting me - Mary Makem passed in early February...NOT Sarah. My sincerest apologies to all.

gnu


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: gnu
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 10:19 AM

Another email from another buddy of mine who sometimes follows 'Cat discussions. Yes, I know who Sarah Makem was, and I know the difference as per the reference by Alice above, but I was told Tom's wife was also named Sarah. Again, my apologies for being less than clear in both of my posts re Tom's late wife. No need to beat a dead gnu.

gnu


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew Lyrics- Please?
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 11:57 PM

George and I got this song from Annie Jane Kelly in 1952 or '53, my "Fulbright year" in Ireland, England & Scotland. It was in Sarah Makem's house in Keady, and a good part of the town was there, all with songs, banjos, pipes, fiddles and tin whistles. Sarah was an incredible singer and we traded songs until the crowd came. When Annie Jane started to sing, "May Morning Dew," Sarah said, not to softly, "AH- I was going to sing ye that one myself!" The lyric given above has the same form as Annie Jane's, but her words are subtly different most all the way through (e.g. last verse, AJ's says, ..."and we'll mingle our tears in the May morning dew..."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew (Chieftains)
From: Eldergirl
Date: 02 Sep 13 - 09:39 PM

Does anyone have the variant lyrics for this song? I'm sure I heard it sung by Peta Webb (I think) about 20 years ago, and her lyrics were not same as those in the D.Trad. er, help?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew (Chieftains)
From: Reinhard
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 01:17 AM

Peta Webb recorded May Morning Dew on her 1980 Topic album with Alison McMorland. The sleeve notes say that she got it from John Lyons. He got it from Paddy Tunney and sang it as the title track of his 1974 Topic album.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew (Chieftains)
From: Eldergirl
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 04:52 AM

Thanks Reinhard, I will have to track it down. Amazon, here I come..


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAY MORNING DEW (from Peta Webb)
From: Reinhard
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 12:06 PM

This is Peta Webb on her Topic album:

May Morning Dew

How pleasant in winter to sit by the hob,
Listening to the bark in the house of the dog,
Or in summer to wander the wide valleys through
And to pluck the wild flowers in the May morning dew.

Summer is coming, oh, summer is here
With the leaves all so green and the sky bright and clear.
And the birds they are singing their loved ones to woo
And the flowers they are springing in the May morning dew.

God be with the old folks who are now dead and gone
And likewise my brothers, young Michael and John,
As they tramped through the heather the wild hare to pursue
And their joys they would mingle in the May morning dew.

The house we were reared in is but a stone on a stone
And all around the garden with weeds is all grown.
And all the kind neighbours that ever I knew,
Like the wild rose they are withered in the May morning dew.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew (Chieftains)
From: Eldergirl
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 04:06 PM

Thanks again Reinhard. This proves that I can't trust my ears as much as I thought I could. This'll put me straight!
Mudcat is a wonderful thing.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew (Chieftains)
From: MartinRyan
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 05:53 PM

"Listening to the bark and the howls of the dog" - or very slight variation on it - is the usual second line, verse 1.
Click here to hear a fine version by Sean Keane.
Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The May Morning Dew (Chieftains)
From: Reinhard
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 08:43 PM

Thank you for the correction Martin. I surely misheard what Peta sang.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAY MORNING DEW
From: Reinhard
Date: 03 Sep 13 - 09:25 PM

A few more versions:

Annie Jane Kelly sang The May Morning Dew on July 14, 1952 in Kead, Co Armagh, to Peter Kennedy and Sean O'Boyle. This recording was included in 2011 on Sarah Makem's Musical Traditions anthology As I Roved Out. The verses are from the accompanying booklet:

How sweet it is in yule times to sit by the hearth,
It's in winter when the dark clouds are crossing the earth.
In summer to wander the green meadows through
And the lark it will be rising on the May morning dew.

Oh it's summer is coming, oh, it's summer once more
Brings with it the soft sun and four motley birds
For the birds they'll be singing and the skies they'll be blue
And the flowers will be springing on the May morning dew.

For it's God be with old times that is faded and gone,
Likewise my two brothers, young Emmett and John.
For it's [?] them where the wild hare 'tis viewed
And we'll mingle our tears on the May morning dew.

We will stand on the hill side and just gaze all around
Where all the kind people and its pleasure was found.
And all the kind neighbours which in new times I knew
Like the green fields are fading on the May morning dew.

On the home of our homesteads not a stone upon stone
For our gardens will blossom while the weeds they are growing.
For we'll curse the old tyrants which caused them to rue
And we'll fish the bright waters on the May morning dew.


Mike Taylor sang May Morning Dew in 1994 on Incantation's Cooking Vinyl CD Sergeant Early's Dream. Again the verses are copied from the liner notes:

How pleasant, in winter, to sit by the hob,
Listening to the barks and the howls of a dog,
Oh in summer to wander the wide valley through
And to pluck the wild flowers in the May morning dew.

Summer is coming, oh, summer is here
With the leaves on the trees and the sky blue and clear.
And the birds they are singing their their fond notes so true
And the flowers they are springing in the May morning dew.

The house I was reared in, there's not a stone on a stone
And all round the garden the weeds, they have grown.
And all the kind neighbours that ever I knew,
Like the red rose they've withered in the May morning dew.

God be with the old folks who are now dead and gone
And likewise my brothers, young Dennis and John,
As they tripped through the heather, the wild hare to pursue,
With their joys they were mingled in the May morning dew.


Joan Mills sang The May Morning Dew in 2000 on Frankie Armstrong's Fellside CD The Garden of Love:

How pleasant in winter to sit by the hob,
Listening to the dogs as they howl and they bark,
Or in summer to wander the wide valleys through
Picking wild heather in the May morning dew.

Oh, summer is coming, oh, summer is here
And the leaves on the trees and the sky's bright and clear.
And the birds they are singing songs so sweet and so true
As I walk through the heather in the May morning dew.

I long for my old friends who are now long since gone,
Also my brothers, young Dennis and John,
As they ran through the meadows the wild hare to pursue
There's nothing left now but the heather in the May morning dew.

And the house I was born in now is nothing but stone
And all o'er the garden the weeds they have grown.
And all the kind neighbours that ever I knew,
Like the red rose they have faded in the May morning dew.

And how pleasant in winter to sit by the hob,
Listening to the dogs as they howl and they bark,
Or in summer to wander the sweet meadows through
Picking wild heather in the May morning dew.


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