Lyr Req: Oh, Katie Dear
I WILL PUT MY SHIP IN ORDER
I WILL SET MY SHIP IN ORDER (2)
WAKE, O WAKE, YOU DROWSY SLEEPER
Origins: Drowsy Sleeper (111)
Lyr Req: Awake Ye Drowsy Sleepers (Ian & Sylvia) (17)
(origins) Origins: Little Satchel (24)
Lyr Req: Who Is at My Window Weeping (14)
Lyr Req: Awake, Awake, You Drowsy Sleeper (9)
Subject: Oh, Katie Dear|
From: GUEST,john john
Date: 03 Aug 02 - 06:25 PM
Heard the tune many years ago by Ian & Sylvia. Very much like "Silver Dagger" in that the girl's parents are on their respective beds of rest each with a silver dagger "to pierce the heart I love the best". What bugs me is i can't remember what happens .. how it ends. Any help?? Thanks in advance
Subject: Lyr Add: KATIE DEAR|
Date: 04 Aug 02 - 02:47 AM
Oh Katie dear, go ask your Mother, if you might be a bride of mine...
If she says yes, then come and tell me if she says no we'll run away.
I cannot go and ask my M., for she lies on her bed of rest...
...Repeat for Father....
Then he picked up that silver dagger, he pierced it thru his milk white breast...
They she picked up the bloody weapon, she pierced it thru her own sweet breast
......Sorry, no happy ending!.....
Subject: Lyr Add: KATIE DEAR|
From: masato sakurai
Date: 04 Aug 02 - 03:31 AM
This is a variant of "The Silver Dagger" (Laws #G21). See The Traditional Ballad Index: Silver Dagger. Another version from Alabama (Byron Arnold, Folksongs of Alabama, University of Alabama Press, 1950, p. 75; with music).
1 "Oh, Katie, dear, go ask your mother,
2 "Oh, Willie, dear, that would be useless.
3 "Oh, Katie, dear, go ask your father,
4 "Oh, Willie, dear, that would be folly;
5 "Then don't you see that cloud a rising
Subject: Lyr Add: ANNIE GIRL|
Date: 05 Jun 05 - 09:03 PM
Here is a Mississippi variant.
Annie girl, Annie girl, go ask your mother
If you can be my bride today.
If she says yes, come quick and tell me;
If she says no we'll run away.
My momma says that she's not willin
my papa says twill never do
For me to leave a world of pleasure
And run away with a man like you.
Annie girl, Annie girl, I've gold and silver
Annie girl, Annie girl I've house and land
Annie girl, Annie girl I've a world of pleasure
That you can have at your command
It's what do I care for your gold and silver
It's what do I care for your house and land
What do I care for your world of pleasure
When all I want is a handsome man?
Annie girl, Annie girl don't marry for beauty
For beauty is a deceiving [fay]
Beauty is the stars on a summer morning
When the stars all fade away
I have a true lover out on the ocean
For seven long years he's on the sea
If he lives single for seven years longer
Not a man on earth shall marry me
Perhaps your ture lover he is dronwed
Perhaps he's on some battle-field slain
Perhaps he's to some pretty girl married
And his face you'll never see again
If he's drowned, I hope he is happy
Or if he is slain in battle
And if he is to some pretty girl ismarried
I'll love the girl that married him.
Communicated by Mrs. GV Easley, Tula who stated in 1921 that it was one of the most popular songs in her girlhood in Calhoun County. This is a compound of three songs "The Drowsy Sleeper, The Spanish Lady, and A Pretty Fair Maid
AP Hudson, Folksongs of Mississippi. 1936 UNC Press