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Lyr Req: The Flyting of Life and Death (Henderson)

GUEST,wilma.pfeffer@verizon.net 27 Dec 01 - 08:50 PM
wildlone 27 Dec 01 - 09:05 PM
Malcolm Douglas 27 Dec 01 - 09:09 PM
masato sakurai 27 Dec 01 - 09:15 PM
GUEST,Wilma 27 Dec 01 - 10:20 PM
GUEST,Andrew Calhoun 25 Sep 11 - 08:07 PM
Amos 25 Sep 11 - 09:03 PM
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Subject: The Flyting of Life and Death
From: GUEST,wilma.pfeffer@verizon.net
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 08:50 PM

It would be much appreciated if anyone has the text of the words to the above song. It was written by Hamish Henderson, melody by Alison McMorland and is on her CD "Cloudberry Day". It is difficult to understand her Scottish brogue on the CD.

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: The Flyting of Life and Death
From: wildlone
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 09:05 PM

See previous thread
Click here
dave


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Subject: RE: The Flyting of Life and Death
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 09:09 PM

And also  THE FLYTING O' LIFE AND DAITH,  posted here a few months later.


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Subject: Lyr Add: The Flytin o Life and Daith
From: masato sakurai
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 09:15 PM

I'll quote with the following comment.

"As well as some of the finest songs to come out of the Folk Revival, such as The Freedom Come-All-Ye, The John McLean March and Farewell to Sicily, all written to pipe tunes, Hamish Henderson wrote Elegies for the Dead in Cyrenaica, which earned him the Somerset Maugham Prize just after the War. One of his finest poems in Scots in undoubtedly The Flytin o Life and Daith. Flyting was the sport of argumentative scholars in the middle ages , a kind of civilised slanging match :-

Quo Life, the warld is mine,
The flooers and trees, they're aa my ain,
I am the day an the sunshine,
Quo life the warld is mine.

Quo Daith, the warld is mione,
Your lugs are deef, your een are blin
Your flooers maun dwine in my bitter win
Quo Daith, the world is mine.

Quo Life, the warld is mine,
I hae saft win's an healin rain
Aipples I hae an breid and wine
Qui life, the warld is mine.

Quo Daith, the warld is mine,
Whit sterts in dreid gangs doon in pain,
Bairns wantin breid are makin mane,
Quo Daith, the warld is mine.

Quo Life, the warld is mine,
Your deidly wark, I ken it fine,
There's maet on earth for ilka wean,
Quo life, the warld is mine.

Quo Daith, the warld is mine,
Your silly sheaves crine in my fire,
My worm keeks in your barn an byre,
Quo Daith, the warld is mine.

Quo Life, the warld is mine,
Dule on your een! Ae galliard hert
Can ban tae hell your blackest airt
Quo Life, the warld is mine.

Quo Daith, the warld is mine.
Your rantin hert in duddies braw
He winna lows my preeson waa,
Quo Daith, the warld is mine.

Quo Life, the warld is mine.
Though ye bigg preesons o marble stane
Hert's love ye canna presson in,
Quo Life, the warld is mine.

Quo Daith, the warld is mine.
I hae dug a grave and dug it deep
For war and the pest will gar ye sleep,
Quo Daith, the warld is mine.

Quo Life, the warld is mine.
An open grave is a furrow syne,
Yell no keep my seed frae faain in,
Quo Life, the warld is mine."

(From: HERE)
~Masato


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Subject: RE: The Flyting of Life and Death
From: GUEST,Wilma
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 10:20 PM

Thanks to all who responded. Question posted at 8:50 PM and words received by 9:15 PM !!!!

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Subject: The Flyting of Life and Death - word meanings
From: GUEST,Andrew Calhoun
Date: 25 Sep 11 - 08:07 PM

Quo Life, the warld is mine,
The flooers and trees, they're aa my ain, (all my own)
I am the day an the sunshine,
Quo life the warld is mine.

Quo Daith, the warld is mine,
Your lugs are deef, your een are blin (lugs - ears)
Your flooers maun dwine in my bitter win (dwine - languish, wane)
Quo Daith, the world is mine.
Quo Life, the warld is mine,
I hae saft win's an healin rain
Aipples I hae an breid and wine
Qui life, the warld is mine.
Quo Daith, the warld is mine,

Whit sterts in dreid gangs doon in pain,
Bairns wantin breid are makin mane, (babes wanting bread are making moan)
Quo Daith, the warld is mine.
Quo Life, the warld is mine,
Your deidly wark, I ken it fine,
There's mate on earth for ilka wean, (baby)
Quo life, the warld is mine.

Quo Daith, the warld is mine,
Your silly sheaves crine in my fire, (silly - different connations in Scots, feeble is closest, crine - shrink)
My worm keeks in your barn an byre, (peeps, byre-cow shed)
Quo Daith, the warld is mine.

Quo Life, the warld is mine,
Dule on your een! Ae galliard (lively) hert
Can ban tae hell your blackest airt
Quo Life, the warld is mine.
Quo Daith, the warld is mine.

Your rantin hert in duddies braw (garments fine -tho rags in another definition) rantin - high-spirited
He winna lowp my preeson waa,(leap my prison wall)
Quo Daith, the warld is mine.
Quo Life, the warld is mine.
Though ye bigg (build )preesons o marble stane
Hert's love ye canna presson in,
Quo Life, the warld is mine.
Quo Daith, the warld is mine.
I hae dug a grave and dug it deep
For war and the pest (plague) will gar (make) ye sleep,
Quo Daith, the warld is mine.
Quo Life, the warld is mine.
An open grave is a furrow syne, (then, ultimately)
Yell no keep my seed frae faain in,
Quo Life, the warld is mine."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Flyting of Life and Death
From: Amos
Date: 25 Sep 11 - 09:03 PM

WHat a treat to see a post in these hallowed halls from my friend Andrew Calhoun, a top-flight songwriter, poet and performer in his own right!


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