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Lyr Req: My Robin Is Shy / Mae Robin yn swil

Richard 28 Nov 97 - 03:46 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Jan 11 - 11:22 PM
sian, west wales 14 Jan 11 - 04:33 AM
sian, west wales 14 Jan 11 - 04:37 AM
Jim Dixon 14 Jan 11 - 05:39 PM
sian, west wales 14 Jan 11 - 06:31 PM
GUEST 04 May 15 - 03:42 PM
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Subject: My robin is shy
From: Richard
Date: 28 Nov 97 - 03:46 PM

Needs music and words to this song. I believe it is Welsh song.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROBIN'S SO SHY
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 11:22 PM

Reviving an old thread here--

I found a broadside with a similar title, printed in Scotland in 1867, at The National Library of Scotland. I don't know whether it's derived from the Welsh.


ROBIN'S SO SHY
Tune—Original

1. Young Robin, my sweetheart, is handsome and fair.
His cheeks are fresh coloured and raven his hair.
My Robin is nimble and light on his feet.
To me he's the dearest I ever did meet.

CHORUS: But Robin's so shy.
'Tis very distressing that Robin's so shy.

2. My Robin is ready and willing, I know,
To come and escort me wherever I go.
He ne'er in his life sought a kiss, it is true,
While I am quite willing to let him have two.

3. My Robin is gentle, so loving and kind,
But yet he's too bashful to speak out his mind,
To offer his love with true fondness to me,
And say, "My dear Mary, oh! will you have me?"

4. But should he some morning more courage command,
And say, "My dear Mary," while pressing my hand,
"Oh! shall we be married? Pray, what do you say?"
"Yes, yes, my dear Robin, we'll marry to-day."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Robin Is Shy / Mae Robin yn swil
From: sian, west wales
Date: 14 Jan 11 - 04:33 AM

I have it somewhere in one of the old Gwynn Publishing booklets. I'm on my way out at the moment but, if this isn't answered by time I get back, I'll seek it out. The Welsh words were by Talhaiarn (John Jones) and the music by Owain Alaw (John Owen). It was being sung by Edith Wynne in the early 1860s and was apparently a big hit in London. The tune became particularly popular and was used for other songs as well.

What about it interests you,Richard?

sian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Robin Is Shy / Mae Robin yn swil
From: sian, west wales
Date: 14 Jan 11 - 04:37 AM

Oh, and here's a clip of Mae Robin yn Swil - very much in the concert stage tradition of performance.

sian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Robin Is Shy / Mae Robin yn swil
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Jan 11 - 05:39 PM

Richard asked his question back in 1997 and hasn't posted since 2000, so he probably won't answer you now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Robin Is Shy / Mae Robin yn swil
From: sian, west wales
Date: 14 Jan 11 - 06:31 PM

Yeh - I realized that when I returned. "Duh", as the yoof say.

But to answer your point, Jim, that is a translation of the Welsh. The Gwynn publication doesn't give any background info that's different from my first post.

sian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Robin Is Shy / Mae Robin yn swil
From: GUEST
Date: 04 May 15 - 03:42 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Robin Is Shy / Mae Robin yn swil
From: GUEST,#
Date: 04 May 15 - 06:15 PM

"SHY ROBIN (Mae Robin Yn Swil). A Welsh Song written by Talhaiarn (the English translation by a Lady). Sung by Miss Edith Wynne.
Owen, John. [Owain Alaw Pencerdd] Sung by Edith Wynne."

from

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/SHY-ROBIN-Mae-Swil-Welsh-Song/5478790882/bd


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