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Lyr Req: Willie o' Winsbury (Dave Burland)

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GUEST,Denis 23 May 01 - 08:43 AM
Malcolm Douglas 23 May 01 - 09:44 AM
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Subject: Dave Burland Song
From: GUEST,Denis
Date: 23 May 01 - 08:43 AM

Song sung by Dave Burland: There was a girl in the North country; she dressed all in green ...

How does it go?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 23 May 01 - 09:44 AM

A little more information would be helpful, as there are a good few songs which start out like this.  Do you remember any more of it, or the name of the record you heard it on?  If it was a live performance, that probably reduces the chance of identifying it properly.  At a pinch, you could always get in touch with Dave himself; contact details are at  Guestlist

Malcolm


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Subject: ADD: Girl of the North Country (Dylan)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 09:47 PM

I suppose it's not this one.
-Joe Offer-
GIRL OF THE NORTH COUNTRY
(Words and Music by Bob Dylan)
1963 Warner Bros. Inc
Renewed 1991 Special Rider Music

Well, if you're travelin' in the north country fair,
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline,
Remember me to one who lives there.
She once was a true love of mine.

Well, if you go when the snowflakes storm,
When the rivers freeze and summer ends,
Please see if she's wearing a coat so warm,
To keep her from the howlin' winds.

Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
If it rolls and flows all down her breast.
Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
That's the way I remember her best.

I'm a-wonderin' if she remembers me at all.
Many times I've often prayed
In the darkness of my night,
In the brightness of my day.

So if you're travelin' in the north country fair,
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline,
Remember me to one who lives there.
She once was a true love of mine.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 17 Jul 01 - 11:17 PM

Is it from Dave's second Trailer album? If you think so, I have a copy and would be glad to check, it's been awhile since I've played it and would welcome the excuse.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: GeorgeH
Date: 18 Jul 01 - 08:03 AM

I certainly think we have Dave singing it on vinyl . . don't know how soon I can find it, though - so I'll try to keep an eye on this and come back to it.

No, Joe, it's not the Dylan/Scarborough Fair one . .

G.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: GeorgeH
Date: 20 Jul 01 - 01:05 PM

Well I ploughed through the vinyl collection last night without finding it (yet I can hear a snatch of Dave singing it in my head).

I'll have another look over the weekend . . I'm intrigued, now.

Not that Guest, Denis appears to be interested in an answer to his enquiry . .

Cheers!

George


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: Brían
Date: 30 Jul 01 - 12:22 PM

I have this from a glossary of Songs of Miramachi on symbolic meanings of the color green:

This is a color which has many meanings...To the Irish, it is a patriotic color, to the Scots, an unlucky one.(I might add that traditionally it was considored unlucky by the Irish, being associated with faeries, it was used by the Young Irelanders as a nationalist color) The color is disparaged in the proverb, "Married in green, ashamed to be seen" which makes green symbolic of lost innocence. In the 14th century, Chaucer uses it as a symbol of inconstancy.Bill Bonyan, the American folksinger(a man I am proud to say I have met) says it is a symbol of greif.

I was wondering if this might jog someone's memory as well as bring this thread to the top again.

Brían.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: GeorgeH
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 04:55 AM

My memory doesn't need jogging . . I just need to locate what damn slice of vinyl I have the song on . . .

To add a folk-song reference to your "colour spectrum":

"either their mantles of green"
"or else their maidenheads . . "
.

G.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: IanC
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 04:59 AM

George

Tam Lin.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 03:29 PM

Is it, perhaps, the song about the lover killed in a shipwreck that's the second cut on side two? You've piqued my curiosity as well, I'll have to dig through the vaults....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: Dita
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 03:36 PM

I've checked, the Trailer self titled, the two Rubber and Hedgehog Pie, it ain't there. Have you got "Dalesman's", George? Mine seams to have gone walkabout.
love, john


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 31 Jul 01 - 10:38 PM

I have Dalesman's Litany, now I'm really curious, will check it out.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: GeorgeH
Date: 01 Aug 01 - 09:48 AM

No, I haven't got "Dalesmans" and have been reduced to the conclusion that it's either on a sampler or possibly a tape of a radio broadcast . .

It's SO frustrating . . The quote given at the top has lodged that snatch of the song in my brain - in Burland's dulcet tones - but I can't recall any more of it!

G.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: IanC
Date: 01 Aug 01 - 09:54 AM

George

There's a text version here (probably the original if the version used by various singers including DB) in F. W. Moorman's Songs of the Ridings. It's also in DT, so you can compare the two.

Cheers!
Ian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: Amos
Date: 30 Oct 01 - 03:47 PM

Songs of the Ridings


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: GUEST,Dave Burland
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 06:17 AM

It's a version of Willie Of Winsbury called Thomas of Winsbury. I think it was collected in the Appalachian Mountains by Maud Karpeles.
)Only just spotted this thread


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Dave Burland Song
From: The Doctor
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 09:13 AM

Further to Dave's post, it's on 'You can't fool the fat man', under the title 'Willie o' Winsbury, where it states that it's from Maud Karpeles' Songs of Newfoundland.


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