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Subject: jamie raeburn's farewell
From: GUEST,johntm
Date: 20 Apr 02 - 08:28 PM

Heard this on an old Tannahill Weaver's record Passage.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: jamie raeburn's farewell
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 20 Apr 02 - 08:44 PM

Simply type raeburn into the very useful "Digitrad and Forum Search" box on the main Forum page. You have to remember that titles and spellings vary in traditional songs; in this case, the song is in the DT as Jimmy Raeburn, taken from the repertoire of Willie Scott.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: jamie raeburn's farewell
From: masato sakurai
Date: 20 Apr 02 - 08:55 PM

There's their official website (Click here), which contains lyrics & notes.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: jamie raeburn's farewell
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 20 Apr 02 - 10:09 PM

The Tannahill's set varies in a few words from that in the DT as Jimmy Raeburn, and lacks a verse. They don't credit any source for the version they recorded, but traditional versions don't vary all that much anyway. Ewan MacColl (Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland (1977) commented:

"In a note written for The Buchan Observer of August 1908, [Gavin] Greig described this transportation ballad as being one of the most popular folksongs we have. Seven years earlier, [Robert] Ford had written that it was long a popular song all over Scotland, and sold readily in penny-sheet forms. [Frank] Kidson knew it from several broadsides under the title of The Hills of Caledonia Oh.

The hero of the song was, according to Ford, a baker to trade who was sentenced to banishment for theft more than sixty years before. Commenting on this, Greig refers to search of the Glasgow criminal records by John Ord, who failed to find any person of the name of James Raeburn who had been banished from Glasgow for theft or any other crime during that period." This period would presumably be around the 1830s.

There are several broadside copies at Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads:

James Raeburn  Printer and date unknown.

James Raeburn  Printer and date unknown.

Jamie Raeburn  Printed between 1851 and 1910 by Lindsay, J.? (Glasgow?)

Jamie Raeburn  Printed by The Poet's Box (Glasgow); date missing, but these are usually 1850-1880.

Willie Scott's tune (unlikely to be very different from the Tannahill arrangement) can be found at The Mudcat Midi Pages:

Jamie Raeburn.mid


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: jamie raeburn's farewell
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 20 Apr 02 - 10:17 PM

Oddly, there seem to be some differences between the Midi Pages kept on each of the Mudcat servers, so my previous link apparantly leads to an iteration where that particular file is not present. Try this, instead:

Jamie Raeburn.mid


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: jamie raeburn's farewell
From: GUEST,johntm
Date: 21 Apr 02 - 08:43 PM

Thanks to all


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Subject: Origins: Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 08:45 PM

I guess we could explore this song a bit more. Here's the entry from the Traditional Ballad Index.
-Joe Offer-

Jamie Raeburn (Caledonia)

DESCRIPTION: "My name is (Jamie Raeburn), in Glasgow I was born." Convicted (of a crime he did not commit), he has been sentenced to transportation. He bids farewell to family, sweetheart, and his beloved home in Caledonia. He hopes to return when free
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1904 (Ford)
KEYWORDS: transportation separation farewell Scotland
FOUND IN: Australia Ireland Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Meredith/Anderson, pp. 85-86, "Caledonia"; 245-246, "Caledonio" (2 texts, 2 tunea)
SHenry H151, p. 124, "Jamie Raeburn's Farewell" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ord, pp. 357-358, "Jamie Raeburn's Farewell" (1 text, 1 tune)
MacSeegTrav 94, "Jamie Raeburn" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT, JIMRAEBN

File: MA085

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions

The Ballad Index Copyright 2003 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


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Subject: ADD: Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 08:58 PM

This is quite similar to what's in the Digital Tradition, so I see no reason it should be harvested. Nonetheless, it's always interesting to see various versions.
-Joe Offer-


JAMIE RAEBURN'S FAREWELL

My name is Jamie Raeburn, in Glasgow I was born,
My place and habitation I'm forced to leave with scorn;
From my place and habitation I now must gang awa,
Far frae the bonnie hills and dales of Caledonia.

It was early one morning, just by the break of day,
We were 'wakened by the turnkey, who unto us did say?
Arise, ye hapless convicts, arise ye ane and a',
This is the day ye are to stray from Caledonia."

We all arose, put on our clothes, our hearts were full of grief,
Our friends, who a' stood round the coach, could grant us no
relief;
Our parents, wives, and sweethearts dear, their hearts were broke in twa
To see us leave the bonnie braes of Caledonia.

Farewell, my aged mother, I'm vexed for what I've done,
I hope none will cast up to you the race that I have run;
I hope God will protect you when I am far awa,
Far from the bonnie hills and dales of Caledonia.

Farewell, my honest father, you are the best of men.
And likewise my own sweetheart, it's Catherine is her name;
Nae mair we'll walk by Clyde's clear stream or by the Broomielaw,
For I must leave the hills and dales of Caledonia.

If we ne'er meet on earth again, I hope we'll meet above
Where hallelujahs will be sung to Him who reigns in love;
Nae earthly judge shall judge us then, but He who rule us a'.
Farewell to a' the hills and dales of Caledonia.

from Ord's Bothy Songs and Ballads


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: jamie raeburn's farewell
From: masato sakurai
Date: 12 Jun 03 - 10:31 PM

From folktrax:
JIMMY RAEBURN - "My name is Jimmy Raeburn, in Glesga I was born" - "You hills and dales o Caledonia - Transportation Ballad - ROUD#600 - FORD VS 1899 p55-56/ p243 "James Raeburn's Farewell" (6v w/o) - DUNCAN Ms W380 M36 - GREIG-DUNCAN 8 2002 #1535 pp53-63 (17var) "Jamie Raeburn" - JFSS 2:8 1906 pp180-181 RVW Norfolk "John Raeburn" (4v) - HENRY SOP #151 "JR's Farewell" (6v) - ORD BB 1930 pp357-8 6v/m "JR's Farewell" - SEEGER-MacCOLL S! 1960 p80 Wm Miller (Ewan's father), Stirling - McCOLL-SEEGER TSES 1977 p288-290 Charlotte Higgins, Blairgowrie, Perthsh 1963 - PALMER RVW 1983 #62 pp99- 100 RVW: Mr Crist, Kings Lynn,Norfolk 1905 "John R" -- Jessie MURRAY of Buckie, Banffsh rec by Alan Lomax, Edinburgh Ceili, 1951: RPL 21538/ CAEDMON TC-1163/ TOPIC 12-T-195 - Jeannie ROBERTSON rec by PK, London 1953: 187 - Togo CRAWFORD rec by Seamus Ennis, Mossdale, Kircudbrightsh 28/5/53: RPL 21863/ 262 - Davie STEWART (v/acc) rec by PK, Dundee, Angus 1956: 180/ rec by Alan Lomax, London 1957: ROUNDER 82161-1633-2 2002 "Jamie R" - Ewan McCOLL & Peggy SEEGER: TOPIC 12-T-16 1959 - Willie SCOTT: TOPIC 12-T-183 1968 - Phoebe SMITH (gypsy): TOPIC 12-TS-304 1977/ VETERAN VT136CD 1998 "Johnny Abourne" (Note: for "Caledonia" Phoebe sings "Canada-i-o") - Jim McGONIGLE (unacc) Inishowen, Donegal ITSC-001 CASS-0887 - (Tom SCOTT rec by Peter SHEPHEARD, Aberdeensh Oct 1967: Musical Traditions MT-CD-308 'Ythanside') --- Martin WYNDHAM-READ: LEADER LER-2028 1971 (Australian version)
~Masato


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Subject: DTADD: Version: Caledonia
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Jun 03 - 01:08 PM

CALEDONIA

My name is Jimmy Randall, in Glasgow I was born;
All through a sad misfortune, I was forced to leave in scorn.
From my home and occupation I was forced to gang awa',
And leave those bonnie hills of dear old Caledonia.

It was early one morning, before the break of day,
There came a cruel turnkey who unto us did say:
'Rise up, you seven convicts. I warn you, one and a',
It is today you sail away from Caledonia.'

We slowly rose, put on our clothes, our hearts were sad with grief;
Our friends, they came to see us off, could give us no relief.
With heavy chains they bound us down, for fear we'd gang awa'
Far from those bonnie hills and dales of Caledonia.

Goodbye unto my father, he was the best of men;
Likewise unto my sister, her name is Catheren.
Her bonny locks of auburn hair, I loved them that she wore;
She far excels those haughty belles of Caledonia.

Farewell unto my mother, I was her darling son;
I hope they won't cast up to her the reckless life I've run.
Heaven guard her and protect her now I am far awa',
Far from the place where I was born in Caledonia.

My sweetheart came to see me and bid a long goodbye;
She said to me, 'Goodbye, my man!' as in the cell I lie.
No more we'll roam together, down by old Broomielaw,
For the rolling seas divide us now from Caledonia.

I'm longing for the time to come when I'll again be free;
I'll lose no time in going home across the deep blue sea,
And see once more the ones I loved, as in the days of yore,
And find the sweetheart whom I left in Caledonia.




Russel Ward collected the second and third verses of 'Caledonia' from Joe Cashmere; these were afterwards recorded by Jeffrey Way and Edgar Waters. Twelve months later, when asked to sing the two verses at a meeting of the Australian Folk Lore Society, Cashmere astonished the members by recollecting seven. He told John Meredith that in Booligai in the late 1890s he saw police stop men singing this and other convict and bushranger ballads as treasonable. Jack Lee corroborated his statement.

from Folksongs of Australia (Meredith & Anderson)


Obviously, this is a version of Jamie Raeburn. It follows the same pattern as other versions, but there are significant differences.


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Subject: DTADD: Mary Hepburn
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jun 03 - 03:32 PM

As Masato's folktrax listing says above, there are 17 variations of the song in the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection. Most are quite close to what has already been posted, but this one is unusual. Too bad it's only two verses.
-Joe Offer-


MARY HEPBURN

1 My name is Mary Hepburn in Glesga I was born
My place of habitation was all in uniform
From the place of my residence I was forced to rin' awa'
Sayin' farewell until the hills and dales o' Caledonia.

2 Fare-ye-well my aged mither I'm grieved for what I've dune
But I hope that none o' you will e'er cast up the race I've run.
And I hope you'll be protected when I am far awa'
Sayin' farewell until the hills and dales o' Caledonia.


Rev. DUNCAN MACGREGOR - G

    The 8-volume Greig-Duncan collection is available from Dick Greenhaus at Camsco for $300. It's a lot of money, but it's an extraordinary piece of work.


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Subject: Lyr Add: JAMES RAEBURN (from Bodleian)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 10:15 PM

From Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, Firth c.17(49).

JAMES RAEBURN

My name is James Raeburn. In Glasgow I was born,
My place and habitation in all its uniform.
From the place of my residing I am forced to go awa,
This day to leave the hills and dales of Caledonia.

Now early the next morning, just by the break of day,
I overheard the turnkey, these words to us did say:
"Arise, ye trembling convicts, arise ye ane and a'.
For this day ye're forced to leave the hills of Caledonia."

So quickly then we arose, put on our clothes full of woe.
With heavy irons they bound us lest we should run away.
We mounted on the coach with our hearts full of grief.
Our friends they stood all about us, but could give us no relief.

Farewell, my aged mother. I'm grieved for what I've done.
I hope none of you will cast up the race I've run.
I hope God will protect you when I am far away.
Farewell unto the hills and dales of Caledonia.

Farewell, my aged father. You are the best of men.
Likewise unto my sweetheart, for Catherine is her name.
No earthly judge will judge us, but He that knows our woe.
Farewell unto the hills and dales of Caledonia.

If e'er we chance to meet again, I hope we'll meet above,
Where Hallelujah will be sung and all is precious love;
Where no earthly judge will judge us, but He that rules us all.
So farewell unto the hills and dales of Caledonia.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
From: cloudstreet
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 04:23 AM

Russel Ward's papers in the National Library of Australia include a hand-written copy of the lyrics to Caledonia from Joseph Cashmere to Russel Ward, along with a letter dated 11/10/1954


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
From: ollaimh
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 09:28 AM

the first set of lyrics from joe offer are the ones i have sung for decades--got them from my grannie. i don't know where she got them, but i am wondering now as there are only a fw words different. she must have had a book.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
From: GUEST,Julia L
Date: 29 May 17 - 12:33 PM

Just found version from Maine circa 1942 with additional lyrics regarding his crime- highway robbery. The tune is pretty much standard. Interestingly, the classic logging tragedy song Peter Emberly, from Northeastern North America, has this melody and several similar verses


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
From: GUEST,Wee Jock
Date: 30 May 17 - 12:15 PM

I also sing this song and the version i use is the one in the 101 Scottish Songs, also known as The Wee Red Book. It has a great selection of songs including The Braes o' Balquhidder, The Haughs of Cromdale,Maggie Lauder plus many many more. A gem of a song book. Highly recommended.

Wee Jock


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