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Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay

In Mudcat MIDIs:
Air Falalalo / Ar Fa La La Lo


GUEST,t.m.wilde@bigpond.com 07 Oct 01 - 09:55 AM
Murray MacLeod 07 Oct 01 - 10:45 AM
John MacKenzie 07 Oct 01 - 01:11 PM
CapriUni 07 Oct 01 - 03:32 PM
John MacKenzie 07 Oct 01 - 03:48 PM
CapriUni 07 Oct 01 - 05:49 PM
Snuffy 07 Oct 01 - 06:18 PM
Malcolm Douglas 07 Oct 01 - 09:38 PM
Jimmy C 08 Oct 01 - 12:55 AM
Jimmy C 08 Oct 01 - 12:59 AM
John MacKenzie 08 Oct 01 - 03:58 PM
GUEST,Queynt 22 Jun 07 - 01:51 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 22 Jun 07 - 03:39 PM
GUEST,jim 17 Jun 08 - 07:14 AM
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Subject: Ah fol de la lay
From: GUEST,t.m.wilde@bigpond.com
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 09:55 AM

Hi I hope someone can help me track down the lyrics to a song whose title I don't even know (not helpful, I know.) Some of the words are the only pointers I have. They go like this 'Who cares if you come from the high road and I from the low/ Or if your skin is black or whiter than snow/ ------ / As long as there's fire in the blood and light in the eye. The chorus is just "ah, fol de la lay, ah fol de la lay. Many thanks, T


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 10:45 AM

The chorus goes "Air fah lah lah loh, horo, air fah lah lah lee", rather than how you remember it.

My mother used to sing this to me as a child.

Unfortunately I have had no luck finding the lyrics on the net, but I am sure somebody will come along and help.

Murray


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Subject: Lyr Add: AIR FA LA LA LO (Hugh Roberton)
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 01:11 PM

Found this on a MacAlmans site given as traditional arranged Hugh Roberton, he was the conductor of one of the most wonderful choirs ever heard, the Glasgow Orpheus Choir

There's a lilt in the song I sing, there's laughter and love.
There's a tang from the sea and blue from heaven above.
Of reason there's none and why should there be forby?
But the fire in the blood and toes and the light in the eye.

CHORUS:Air fa la la lo horo er fa la la lay.
Air fa la la lo horo er fa la la lay.
Air fa la la lo horo er fa la la lay.
Fa li fa lo horo er fa la la lay.

The heather's ablaze wi' bloom the myrtle is sweet.
There's a song in the air the roads a song at our feet.
So step it along as light as the bird on the wing.
And stepping along let's join our voices and sing.

Chorus:

And whether the blood be highland, lowland or no.
And whether the skin be white or black as the sloe.
Of kith and of kin we are one be it right be it wrong.
As long as our hearts beat true to the lilt of the song.

Chorus:

Jock

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 29-Nov-01.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: CapriUni
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 03:32 PM

Giok -- may we have the URL to that MacAlmans site, please? Google can't seem to find it...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 03:48 PM

Web site address-- www.mccalmans.co.uk/texts html -- for the list of their song words, or/airfa.html for this song.

Rgds

Jock


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: CapriUni
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 05:49 PM

Jock --

tried to go there...

got a "file not found" message


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: Snuffy
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 06:18 PM

I have a version by the Dubliners on a compilation CD


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 07 Oct 01 - 09:38 PM

It's in the DT, but as is depressingly normal here, it was transcribed by somebody who didn't know how the title was usually spelled, or where it came from, so it's not terribly easy to find.  It also contains more mistakes than the McCalmans set...

AR FA LA LA LOW

Naturally, no tune is given and as usual poor old Hugh Roberton, who wrote the lyric (nearly as quoted by Giok,around 1938) to a traditional tune, doesn't get a mention.  I rather think that somebody has sent in a tune for it, but it doesn't seem to be available at the moment, so I've made a midi from the notation as given in Roberton's Songs of the Isles (1950); as ever, until it gets to the  Mudcat Midi Pages,  it can be heard via the  South Riding Folk Network  site:

Air Falalalo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: Jimmy C
Date: 08 Oct 01 - 12:55 AM

Malcolm, the version I heard is almost the same as yours with the following small amendments.
AR FA DE LA LOW

There's lilt in this song I sing, there's laughter and love
There's tang of the sea and blue heaven above
Of reason there's none, no, and why should there be for why
As long as there fire in the blood and a light in the eye

Ar fal de la low ho row ere fal de la lay
Ar fal de la low ho row ere fal de la lay
Ar fal de la low ho row ere fal de la lay hey
Fal de fal do ho ro aire fal de la lay

The heather's ablaze with moon, and myrtle the sea
There's a song in the air, the road a song at our feet
So step we along as light as a bird on the wing
And as we are stepping we'll join our voices and sing

chorus

And whether the blood be highland, lowland or no
and whether the skin be white or black as the slough
Of kith and of kin we are one be it right be it wrong
As long as our voices join the chorus of song
Chorus

BTW, Seamus Kennedy does a great job on his "Favourites" CD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: Jimmy C
Date: 08 Oct 01 - 12:59 AM

Sorry, 1st verse should be >br>

There's a lilt in this song I sing, there's laughter and love
There's a tang of the sea and blue from heaven above
Of reason there's none, and why should there be forbye
As long as there's fire in the blood and toe and a light in the eye

1st line of 2nd verse should read >br> The heather's ablaze with bloom, and myrtle the sea


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Oct 01 - 03:58 PM

The web site address works OK I tried it just now no prob.#

Jock


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: GUEST,Queynt
Date: 22 Jun 07 - 01:51 PM

I used to sing this 50-odd years ago and the chorus went........

Air fa la la lo, horo, air fal la la lay,

Air fa la la lo, horo, air fal la la lay,

Air fa la la lo, horo, air fal la la la - ay,

Fa lee fa lo, horo, air fal la la lay,

(The 'Air' is of course the Gaelic pronunciastion 'err")


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Jun 07 - 03:39 PM

"Air Falalolo" as sung by Kenneth McKellar on an old London lp, "The Tartan." My favorite McKellar lp. Music arr. Bob Sharples.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ah fol de la lay
From: GUEST,jim
Date: 17 Jun 08 - 07:14 AM


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