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Tune Req: The Happy Man

The_one_and_only_Dai 06 Sep 01 - 11:04 AM
Malcolm Douglas 06 Sep 01 - 11:10 AM
Joe Offer 04 Jun 06 - 12:41 AM
GUEST,RTim 04 Jun 06 - 08:55 AM
GUEST,RTim 04 Jun 06 - 09:39 AM
Malcolm Douglas 04 Jun 06 - 01:44 PM
Joe Offer 05 Jun 06 - 01:33 AM
GUEST,RTim 05 Jun 06 - 09:37 AM
Malcolm Douglas 05 Jun 06 - 07:25 PM
Joe Offer 05 Jun 06 - 08:52 PM
GUEST,Desdemona 06 Jun 06 - 11:04 AM
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Subject: The Happy Man
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 11:04 AM

Lyric is here. Can someone please score or MIDI this fine tune please?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Happy Man
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 11:10 AM

Available in ABC format in this thread:  Tune Add: Please Post Tunes Here I

The DT file gives no information as to source, so the info Snuffy gave with the tune could do with being added to it.


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Subject: Tune Add: THE HAPPY MAN
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jun 06 - 12:41 AM

For the record, here's that tune that Snuffy posted. It's Roud #1230, published by Williams, Folk Songs of the Upper Thames (1923). Anybody have background information on the song? Know of any other printed sources? No listing in the Traditional Ballad Index, and only the Williams book listed at folktrax.org. Anybody have the Williams book, so we can compare it with the DT lyrics?
First line is:
    How happy's the man that is free from all care
-Joe Offer-
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HAPPY MAN
From: GUEST,RTim
Date: 04 Jun 06 - 08:55 AM

The Happy Man is a Morris Stick Dance and Song collected in Adderbury, Oxfordshire by Janet Blunt in 1916 (I think) from Mr. William "Binx" Walton, who said he learnt it from Soloman Lines son (Soloman was known locally as "The Happy Man"), who was an old man when Binx was young.
It is one of the Adderbury Dances that is either sung while dancing, or sung with stick clashing the chorus. They used to do this at feasts or when they wanted a rest from dancing. The version in William's Folk Song of the Upper Thames is different to the Adderbury version.

THE HAPPY MAN.
How happy's that man
That's free from all care
Who loves to make merry (Rep.)
With a drap of good beer.

Chorus
With his pipe & his friends
Puffing hours away
Singing song after song
Till he hails a new day.
He can laugh dance & sing
And smoke without fear
Be as happy as a king
Till he hails a new year.

How happy's that man,
That's free from all strife
He envies no other (Rep.)
But travels through life.

Our seamen of old
They fear not their foes
The throw away discord
They throw away discord
And to mirth they're inclined.

Used in Adderbury as a song and Morris stick dance
Collected by Janet Blunt from William Walton
Who learnt when young from Solomon Lines's son.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Happy Man
From: GUEST,RTim
Date: 04 Jun 06 - 09:39 AM

If you go to The Adderbury Morris web page, particularly
- http://www.kickback.btinternet.co.uk/Adderbury.Morris/Tunes/Atunes.html

And select "The Happy Man" you will get an MP3 version of the song sung by Stephen Wass one of the current musicians.
It has also been recorded by Fairport Convention on their CD - XXXV, which includes Chris Leslie - who has been a musician and dancer for the side since the revival in 1975. Chris has also recorded it on his CD - Dancing Days.

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Happy Man
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 04 Jun 06 - 01:44 PM

The unattributed DT text (link above) is the Adderbury one, with a few small variations of wording (presumably typed from memory?). The Adderbury set doesn't appear in Roud at present.

The text noted by Alfred Williams is also in the DT, at  HOW HAPPY IS THE MAN!.  It is accurate apart from three typos, and properly attributed, but I may as well add that James Midwinter lived at Aldsworth, Gloucestershire, and that the song appears on page 43 of Folk-Songs of the Upper Thames (London: Duckworth & Co, 1923).

For the record, the errors are:
verse 2 line one: omit "the"
verse 3 line 4: "trumpets" should be "trumpet"
verse 4 line 2: insert "we'll" between "mirth" and "incline".

There is also an unpublished text (no tune) in the Hammond MS collection. It was noted from William Miller at Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset, in April 1906 (MS ref D367).


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Subject: DT Corr: How Happy Is the Man!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Jun 06 - 01:33 AM

For the record, here's a corrected version, including the suggestions form Malcolm.



HOW HAPPY IS THE MAN!

How happy is the man that is free from all care,
That loves to make merry o'er a pot of strong beer;
With his pipe and his friend passing hours away
Singing song after song, till he hail the new day!

How happy this isle, that is doubly blest
With meat that's delightful and drink of the best!
We live free from control, and are blest with great store,
For we have what we want. What can mortals have more?

Our soldiers are bold, they fear not the foe;
Our sailors are valiant, which our enemies know;
They are feared in each clime, they're the dread of each shore
When the trumpet shall sound and the loud cannons roar.

But since we enjoy such blessings divine,
We'll throw off all discord and to mirth we'll incline;
We'll drink and we'll sing, passing hours away
And sing song after song, till we hail the new say.

(c) Heirs of Alfred Williams, collected circa 1914-16
Singer, James Midwinter, Aldsworth, Gloucestershire
published in "Folk-Songs of the Upper Thames" (London: Duckworth & Co, 1923).
There is another version on "Morris On" by John Kirkpatrick et al

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Subject: RE: Origins: The Happy Man
From: GUEST,RTim
Date: 05 Jun 06 - 09:37 AM

The version listed by Joe is NOT that featured on "Morris On", as stated at the end as performed by Kirkpatrick et al.
That version is the Adderbury one performed by The Adderbury Village Morris Men AND the LP band, etc..

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Happy Man
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 05 Jun 06 - 07:25 PM

Alfred Williams didn't note a tune for the text he published. We have no way of knowing what melody James Midwinter used. There's no particular reason to think that it (or the Dorset example) was sung to the Adderbury tune or anything like it. Change "version" to "another version" (with a link) and all will be well. The DT files will also need linking and amending, of course.


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Happy Man
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Jun 06 - 08:52 PM

I think I have it right now - please check the (now corrected) text I posted above.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Origins: The Happy Man
From: GUEST,Desdemona
Date: 06 Jun 06 - 11:04 AM

A brilliant song, and a great stick dance; it appeared on "Son of Morris On', which is back in print again.

~D


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Happy Man
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Oct 12 - 02:35 PM

It is on the soundtrack for Way of the Morris


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