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Subject: 'Blow the Candles Out'
From: tobi@commnet.edu
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 10:49 AM

My daughter learned "Blow the Candles Out" recently at camp but doesn't know the full lyrics - she thinks it's an English folksong. Can anyone provide the full lyrics? Thanks in advance!
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-Joe Offer-

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Subject: Lyr Add: BLOW THE CANDLE OUT
From: bigJ
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 11:12 AM

Assuming that we're talking about the same song it's not uncommon in the English-speaking tradition; this version comes from the book 'The Wanton Seed' edited by Frank Purslow and published (1968) by the English Folk Dance & Song Society.

BLOW THE CANDLE OUT

It's of a young 'prentice who went to court his dear,
The moon was shining bright and the stars were twinkling clear;
He went to his love's window to ease her of her pain,
So she quickly rose to let him in and went to bed again.

My mother will be angry if she comes to know,
My father will be angry and prove my overthrow.
I would not for five guineas that he should find it out,
So it's take me in your arms, my love, and blow the candles out.

Your father and your mother in yonder room do lie,
Embracing one another and so will you and I,
Embracing one another without any fear or doubt,
So it's take me in your arms dear, and blow the candle out.

'Twas early the next morning before the break of day,
This young man rose, put on his clothes and was for going away,
But she was loth to part with him, but dare not speak it out
So it's take me in your arms, my love, and blow the candle out.

When nine months were over, nine months and a day,
He wrote to her a letter that he was going away,
He wrote to her a letter without any fear or doubt,
And he told her that he'd never return to blow the candle out.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Blow the Candles Out'
From: Lesley N.
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 11:38 AM

There is a great .mp3 version of it at mp3.com by the group Wine Women and Song (you can search for either the group or the title of the song there).

I have two very different melodies of the song at my site. One is Blow the Candles Out the other is Blow the Candle Out. You can find them at Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales & America. (http://www.contemplator.com/folk.html).

Bruce Olsen's site also has history and early lyrics to the song at his site under Scarce Songs 1 (http://users.erols.com/olsonw/SONGTXT1.HTM#NDEX).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Blow the Candles Out'
From: Lesley N.
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 11:42 AM

To save you the trouble of finding the mp3 it's here (http://www.mp3.com/artists/13/wine_woman__song.html). Great version.


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Subject: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Peg
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 11:05 AM

There is one set of lyrics in the DT. I was wondering if anyone else has any others? I am working on my own lyrics, based on older ones, but would be interested in any other versions that might exist...

thanks!!!

p
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: MMario
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 11:44 AM

A discussion of the song at Bruce Olsen's site

Two versions at Conteplator


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 11:51 AM

For bibliographic info, see The Traditional Ballad Index: Blow the Candle Out [Laws P17]. For bawdy versions, see Randolph's Unprintable Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (Vol. II (1992) is titled "Blow the Candle Out", but the song is in Vol. I [No. 7]). A friend of mine has borrowed it for the summer.

~Masato


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLOW THE CANDLE OUT
From: Peg
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 12:28 PM

thanks very much for those sources; looks like some of them are different melodies from the one I am working with (different sructure and so the lyrics scan differently).

Anyway for what it's worth this is what I have come up with so far; trying to add a fourth verse.

BLOW THE CANDLE OUT

Through yonder darkling forest my love did come one night,
A-knocking at my window all in the clear moonlight,
The candles all were burning, his voice came soft and near,
He told me of his yearning, and this I told my dear.

Our love lies in the shadows, our lips in darkness meet,
While we stand close together, the fields all 'round us sleep,
Now we stand close together, without a fear or doubt,
Come roll me in your arms, love, and blow the candle out.

Now hear the hawks of morning, the midnight hour do sing,
The skies above do threaten, the winds they fiercely ring,
The skies above do threaten, we cannot walk about,
So hold me in your arms, love, and blow the candle out.

lyric adaptation copyright 2002 by Peg Aloi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Genie
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 01:31 PM

Love your verses, Peg!

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: MMario
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 01:39 PM

And at the new day's dawning, when bells in towers peal
The smile that to me's turning, brings light and joy to heal
Though dawn be many hours hence, and all be dark without
Just roll my in your arms love, and blow the candle out!


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Subject: ZDTStudy: BLOW THE CANDLES OUT
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 02:14 PM

There was only one other thread on this, and it seemed to make sense to combine them. Since it has all the pertinent information we have on the long, I'll also tag it for DTStudy indexing, although it won't be an edited thread.
Here are the lyrics from the Digital Tradition:

Blow the Candle Out [Laws P17]

DESCRIPTION: The singer comes to visit his love on a moonlit night. She lets him in. He points out that her parents are in bed in the next room; he suggests rolling into his arms and blowing out the candles. (Nine months later, when he is gone, she has a child)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1714 (Pills to Purge Melancholy) as "The London 'Prentice"
KEYWORDS: courting nightvisit pregnancy bawdy apprentice
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,NE,So) Britain(England(Lond,South),Scotland) Ireland
REFERENCES (11 citations):
Laws P17, "Blow the Candle Out"
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 61-65, "Blow the Candle Out" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Combs/Wilgus 114, pp. 140-141, "The Jolly Boatsman" (1 text)
GreigDuncan4 788, "Blow the Candle Out" (5 texts, 5 tunes plus a single verse on p. 541)
Kennedy 170, "Blow the Candle Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
OLochlainn-More 74, "Blow the Candle Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 160, "Blow the Candle Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hodgart, p.247, "Blow the Candle Out" (1 text)
Ord, p. 95, "Blow the Candle Out" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 156, "Blow The Candles Out" (1 text)
DT 499, CANDLOUT*

Roud #368
RECORDINGS:
Jumbo Brightwell, "Blow the Candle Out" (on Voice10)
Jimmy Gilhaney, "Blow the Candle Out" (on FSB2, FSB2CD)
Martin Howley, "Blow the Candle Out" (on IRClare01)

BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Johnson Ballads 168, "Blow the Candle Out," J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; also Harding B 11(335), Harding B 20(139), Firth c.18(294), Firth b.25(299), Harding B 11(336), Harding B 16(26c), Johnson Ballads 1279, Firth b.34(33), Harding B 17(30b), "Blow the Candle Out"
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Dash Along" (tune, per broadside Bodleian Johnson Ballads 1279)
cf. "Come Into My Arms" (tune, per broadside Bodleian Harding B 17(30b))
cf. "Erin's Lovely Home" (tune, per GreigDuncan4)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The London 'Prentice
File: LP17

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Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 03:21 PM

Roud Folk Song Index number 368.

One of the sets at Contemplator is that recorded by Dyer-Bennett, and given in the DT; did he name his source? The first line doesn't match any listed in Roud (of which there are a good many), and I'm wondering if it has been re-written a bit to bring it into the first person. Lesley says that it's a Suffolk variant, but cites no authority for that unless it's what Ron Clarke, who made the embedded midi arrangement, told her. The other set at Contemplator was recorded in Suffolk; by Peter Kennedy, from Edgar Button, Theberton, Leiston, Suffolk, in 1953. It appears in Kennedy's Folksongs of Britain and Ireland (1975).

The Dyer-Bennett text appears on a number of websites, usually copied from either the DT or from Contemplator, and usually without any attribution.

A number of broadside examples can be seen at Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Peg
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 10:12 PM

Another version I have begins "When I was 'prenticed in Plymouth..."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 10:24 PM

First person again, which is unusual for this song. What would the source for that be?


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: BLOW THE CANDLE OUT (from Randolph)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 10:35 PM

There are 3 versions in Randolph/Legman Roll Me in Your Arms. Here's one:

BLOW THE CANDLE OUT

I come to my sweetheart's window
To ease her of her pain,
She got right up an' let me in,
An' went back to bed again.

Oh blow the candle out, says I,
Without a fear or doubt,
We'll have a little pleasure
If you'll blow the candle out.

Nine months it was an' better,
Nine months an' more was passed,
Nine months it was my true love
She had a child at last.

She had a child at last,
Without a fear or doubt,
An' that's what comes, my dearest dear,
When you blow the candle out.

Come all you pretty fair maids,
Take warnin' unto me,
Don't never trust your sweetheart
An inch above your knee.

An inch above your knee,
Without a fear or doubt,
For all they want, you pretty fair maids,
Is to blow the candle out.

sung as above by Mrs. H. S., Hot Springs, Arkansas, July 5, 1921, learned from her grandfather, who raised in Van Buren County, Arkansas. The tune is the same as that of a "Kinnie Wagner" song, popular in the late 1920s.

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This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the latest version of MIDItext and get instructions on how to use it click here

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LONDON 'PRENTICE (from d'Urfey)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 10:39 PM

Here's the second version from Randolph/Legman:

THE LONDON 'PRENTICE

A worthy London 'Prentice, came to his Love by Night,
The Candles were lighted, the Moon did shine so bright:
He knocked at the Door, to ease him of his Pain,
She rose and let him in, Love, and went to Bed again.

He went into the Chamber, where his true Love did lye,
She quickly gave consent, for to have his Company:
She quickly gave consent, the Neighbours peeping out,
So take away your Hand, Love, let's blow the Candle out.

I would not for a Crown, Love, my Mistress should it know,
I'll in my Smock step down, Love, and I'll out the Candle blow:
The Streets they are so nigh, and the People walk about,
Some may peep in and spy, Love, let's blow the Candle out.

My Master and my Mistress, upon the Bed do lye,
Injoying one another, why should not you and I?
My Master kiss'd my Mistress, without any fear or doubt,
And we'll kiss one another, let's blow the Candle out.

I prithee speak more softly, of what we have to do,
Least that our noise of Talking, should make our Pleasure rue:
For kissing one another, will make no evil rout,
Then let us now be silent, and blow the Candle out.

But yet he must be doing, he could no longer stay,
She strove to blow the Candle out, and push'd his Hand away:
The young Man was so hasty, to lay his Arms about,
But she cryèd, I pray, Love, let's blow the Candle out.

As this young Couple sported, the Maiden she did blow,
But how the Candle went out, alas I do not know:
Said she, I fear not now, Sir, my Master nor my Dame,
And what this Couple did, Sir, alas I dare not Name.

Source: Pills to Purge Melancholy, 17th century.

Couldn't find the tune.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLOW THE CANDLE OUT (fromRandolph/Legman)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 10:45 PM

Here's the final version from Randolph/Legman:

BLOW THE CANDLE OUT

When I was young and in my prime, I went to see my dear,
The candles they were lighted, the moon shined bright and clear.
I knocked upon her window to ease her of her pain,
She rose and let me in, and went back to bed again.

I like your good behavior, but I can't go on this way,
I just can't rest contented when you're so far away.
The roads are wet and muddy, I cannot rove about,
So roll me in your arms, love, and blow the candle out!

Your father and your mother in yonder chamber lie,
Embracin' one another, so why not you and I?
Embracin' one another without no fear nor doubt,
So roll me in your arms, love, and blow the candle out!

Oh, if we prove successful, just name it after me,
And keep it neat, and kiss it sweet, and daff it on your knee.
And when my hitch is over, we'll turn and turn about,
An I'll double my indebtedness, and blow the candle out!

Sung by Mr. R. K., of Mena, Arkansas, in New York, November 1953, for Beverley Legman-Keith, his own wife also being present. To the tune of "The Lincolnshire Poacher."

"Lincolnshire Poacher" is here (click) in the Digital Tradition. Is that the tune they mean?
Apparently not. Here is the tune, which is similar to what we have in the Digital Tradition.

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This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the latest version of MIDItext and get instructions on how to use it click here

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Peg
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 10:50 PM

Malcolm; I do not know the source, a friend had a copy of a choral arrangement and some of the lyrics had been adapted I believe.... I can ask him when I next see him, though...


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Subject: ADD: The Jolly Boatsman
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 10:50 PM

Ah, but that's not all. Here's "The Jolly Boatsman," from Folk Songs of the Southern United States (1967), by Josiah H. Combs (edited by D.K. Wilgus).

The Jolly Boatsman [114]
[Laws P 17]

Come all ye jolly boatsman boys
That go to see your dear;
The moon is shining bright,
And the stars a-twinkling clear.

I dropped at my love's window
To ease her of her pain;
So quickly she rose and let me in,
And went to bed again.

"Come strip you quite naked,
Your mother will not know;
Come strip you quite naked,
And let the candle go.

"And let the candle go, my dear,
Without a fear or doubt,
And we'll have a little pleasure,
When you blow the candle out.

"Your father and your mother
In yonder's room both lie,
Abracing of each other,
And why not you and I?

"And why not you and I, my dear,
Without a fear or doubt?
We'll have a little pleasure,
When we blow the candle out."

Nine months and better,
Nine months being past,
This beautiful damsel
Brought forth a child at last.

Brought forth a child at last, my dear,
Without a fear or doubt,
And she damned the very hour
That she blowed the candle out.

Come all ye young ladies,
Wherever ye may be:
Do not trust a young man
One inch above your knee.

An inch above your knee, my dear,
Without a fear or doubt—
They are seeking out a way
For to blow the candle out.

Contributed by Mrs. Martha Smith, Smithsboro, Knott Co., Kentucky.

No tunes in this book. Sorry, Malcolm. ;-)


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Subject: ADD Version: Blow the Candle Out^^
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 11:05 PM

Gee, the versions are all different. Here's the version from Folksongs of Britain and Ireland (1975), by Peter Kennedy. It has an interesting twist at the end. Interesting tune, too.

BLOW THE CANDLE OUT

1. It's of a young apprentice who went to court his dear
The moon was shining bright-e-ly, the stars were twinkling clear
When he went to his love's window to ease her of her pain
And she quick-e-ly rose and let him in and went to bed again

2. My father and my mother in yonder room do lay
They are embracing one another and so may you and I
They are embracing one another without a fear or doubt
Saying:        Take me in your arms, my love, and blow the candle out

3. My mother she'd be ang-e-ry if she should come to know
My father he'd be angry too, to prove my overthrow
I wouldn't forfeit five guineas now that they should find me out
Saying:        Take me in your arms, my love, and blow the candle out

4. O when your baby it is born you may dandle it on your knee
And if it be a baby boy then name it after me
For when nine months are over my apprenticeship is out
I'll return and do my duty and blow the candle out

5. Now six months they were over, six months and a day
He wrote his love a letter that he was going away
He wrote his love a letter without a fear or doubt
Saying he never should return again to blow the candle out

6. Come, all you pretty young local girls, a warning take by me
And don't be quick to fall in love with everyone you see
For when they're in their prenticeship they'll swear their time is out
Then they'll leave you, as mine left me, to blow the candle out

Sung by Edgar Burton of Theberton, Leiston, Suffolk, 1953. Recorded by Peter Kennedy.^^

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This program is worth the effort of learning it.

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T:Blow the Candle Out
M:6/8
Q:1/4=120
K:D
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Subject: Lyr Add: THE JOLLY BOATSMAN
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 11:17 PM

THE JOLLY BOATSMAN
[Laws P 17]
(Contributed by Mrs. Martha Smith. Smithsboro, Knott Co., Kentucky. [1909(?)])

Come all ye jolly boatsman boys
That go to see your dear;
The moon is shining bright,
And the stars a-twinkling clear.

I dropped at my love's window
To ease her of her pain;
So quickly she rose and let me in,
And went to bed again.

"Come strip you quite naked,
Your mother will not know;
Come strip you quite naked,
And let the candle go.

"And let the candle go, my dear,
Without a fear or doubt,
And we'll have a little pleasure,
When you blow the candle out.

"Your father and your mother
In yonder's room both lie,
Abracing of each another,
And why not you and I?

"And why not you and I, my dear,
Without a fear or doubt?
We'll have a little pleasure,
When we blow the candle out."

Nine months and better,
Nine months being past,
This beautiful damsel
Brought forth a child at last.

Brougtht forth a child at last, my dear,
Without a fear or doubt,
And she damned the very hour
That she blowed the candle out.

Come all ye young ladies,
Wherever ye may be:
Do not trust a young man
One inch above your knee.

An inch above your knee, my dear,
Without a fear or doubt--
They are seeking out a way
For to blow the candle out.

SOURCE: Josiah H. Combs, Folk-Songs of the Southern United States, edited by D.K. Wilgus (U of Texas Pr., 1967, pp. 140-141; text only)

~Masato


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Subject: ADD Version: Blow the Candle Out
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 11:20 PM

Here's the version from The Folk Songs of North America (1960), by Alan Lomax.

BLOW THE CANDLE OUT

1 It was late last Saturday evening
I went to see my dear,
The candles were all burning
And the moon shone bright and clear.
I rapped on her window
To ease her of her pain,
She rose and let me in
And then barred the door again.

2 I like well your behaviour
And this I often say—
I cannot rest contented
While you are far away;
But the roads they are so muddy
I cannot roam about,
So roll me in your arms, love,
And blow the candle out.

3 Your father and your mother
In yonder room do lie,
A-huggin' one another
So why not you and I?
A-huggin' one another,
Without a fear or doubt
So roll me in your arms, love,
And blow the candle out.

4 And if we prove successful, love,
Please name it after me,
Hug it neat and kiss it sweet
And dap it on your knee.
When my three years are ended
And my time it is run out,
Then I will prove my indebtedness
By blowing the candle out.

Collected and arranged by Edna Crumpley
Lomax says Peter Kennedy says the tune is: "The Winding Banks of Erne"
I found Banks of Erne, but don't think it fits.
here's the tune - almost the same as what we have in the Digital Tradition.

MIDI file: CANDLOUT.MID

Timebase: 192

Name: Blow the Candle Out
Text: Generated by NoteWorthy Composer
Key: G
TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Start
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This program is worth the effort of learning it.

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ABC format:

X:1
T:Blow the Candle Out
M:4/4
Q:1/4=120
K:G
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 11:20 PM

I take it you're going to post the tunes for all those, Joe? %:)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 11:21 PM

I was afraid you'd catch me on that, Malcolm. Yes, sooner or later...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 11:39 PM

Good heavens; two more texts appeared while I was trying to remember how to do a smiley.

Re. Winding Banks of Erne; this is not a tune title, but the title of a song by William Allingham, which he set to a tune called The River Roe. You can find it at JC's. It's a variant of the Caroline of Edinburgh Town tune that was later used for The Lakes of Ponchartrain, Tramps and Hawkers and many others. Banks of Erne doesn't seem to be related.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLOW THE CANDLE OUT
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Aug 02 - 11:54 PM

BLOW THE CANDLE OUT
(Sung by Jimmy Gilhaney, a tinker of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Recorded by Peter Kennedy in the Orkney Isles, 1955)

There was a young apprentice
who went to meet his dear;
The moon was shinin' brightly
and the stars were viewin' clear,
He went to his love's window
and he called her by her name
Then soon she rose and let him in,
went back to bed again.

Sayin' "Willie, dearest Willie, tonight will be your doom.
Strip off into your nightshirt and bear one night within.
The street they are to lonely for you to walk about,
So come roll me in your arms, love,
and we'll blow the candle out."

"My father and my mother, next bedroom they do lie,
Kissing and embracin', and why not you and I?
Kisisng and embracin' without a fear or doubt,
So come rollme in your arms, love,
and we'll blow the candle out."

It was six months and after six, six months ago today,
He wrote to me a letter saying he was far away;
He wrote to me a letter without a fear or doubt,
And he never said when he'd come back
to blow the candle out.

Additional verse:
Come all you gallant highway girls,
pay heed to what I say,
Never court a young man that ploughs the angry sea;
For some day or another when walking out about,
He will do to you as he done to me
when he blew the candle out.

From: Notes to Folk Songs of England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales: Songs of Seduction (Rounder 11661-1778-2)

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Aug 02 - 12:53 AM

Dale Rose says there's a thread on another song, Portland Girl, that's basically the same song as "Blow the Candles Out. Here's what Dale posted in that thread:

Thread #27594   Message #342025
Posted By: Dale Rose
16-Nov-00 - 06:51 PM
Thread Name: Portland Girl
Subject: RE: Portland Girl

Portland Girl
from the singing of Jody Nelson, Mountain View, Arkansas

I met a little girl in Portland, boys, like you have never seen
Eyes as blue as the deep blue sea and hair like a raven queen
She told me that she loved me, that she would faithful be
I would find her waiting when I returned from sea. (or just return?)

She told me that she loved me, that she would faithful be
She put a candle in her window for all the world to see
She'd light it every evening, she'd light it just for me
She'd light that candle every night when I returned from sea.

When I got back to Portland, boys, it's as I said before
She had a candle in the window, and she was waitin' by the door
I took her in my arms, boys, I had no fear to doubt (fear or doubt/fear nor doubts?)
I rolled her in my arms, boys, and I blew the candle out.

I like her good behavior, and I like her easy ways
I cannot sleep contented, for the night seems like a day (like a daze?)
But when this trip is over, I'll sail no more, I'm bound (? about I'm bound)
I'm going back to Portland, boys, and she'll become my wife.

And when she has a baby boy, she'll name him after me
She'll keep him neat and kiss him and rock him on her knee
But when this trip is over, I'll sail no more, I'm bound
I'm going back to Portland, boys, to blow the candle out.

I'm going back to Portland to blow the candle out.

This is pretty close to what Jody was singing on her tape, which was released about 1995 when she was about 15. (Semi-educated guess) Any errors I might have would be minor. I placed a few questions that I still have in parentheses.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: masato sakurai
Date: 07 Aug 02 - 02:43 AM

From John Ord's Bothy Songs and Ballads (1930; John Donald, 1973, 1990, p. 95; text only).

BLOW THE CANDLE OUT

'Twas a young apprentice boy
Came courting his dear,
The moon was shining bright
And the stars were twinkling clear;
He went to his love's window
To ease her of her pain;
His darling rose and let him in,
Then went to bed again.

It's early next morning,
Before the break of day;
The laddie rose, put on his clothes,
A' for to go away;
But when that he was going away,
His love to him called out--
"Come, take me in your arms, love,
And blow the candle out."

My father and my mother,
They taunt me very sore
For keeping o' your company, love,
But I will keep it more,
For a' the taunts that they can gi'e
They'll never change my heart;
So, come here, my dear, and I'll meet you here,
Let the night be ever so dark.

Your father and your mother
In yonder room do lie,
Embracing one another,
And so may you and I;
Embracing one another
Without a fear or doubt,
So take me in your arms, love,
And blow the candle out.

My bosom is on fire, love,
The more I gaze on thee,
And as I wander lower
I am no longer free;
And while I gaze your rosy lips
Do sweetly seem to pout,
So hasten to my arms, love,
And blow the candle out.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Aug 02 - 02:55 AM

I.e., Ord did not give a tune for it, and he made absolutely no comment on the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Aug 02 - 05:15 AM

OK, I think I posted all the tunes I have. Looks like there are three tunes. The Digital Tradition has the most common one.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: ADD Version: Blow the Candle Out
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Aug 02 - 01:47 PM

I thought it was the Kingston Trio version that I heard when I was young. I found their version at The Kingston Trio Place.

But it's not the version I recall - I think there was a line that said,
But I will double my indebtedness by blowing the candles out
Maybe my upbringing was overly innocent, but I never had the feeling I caught onto double entendres and dirty jokes. I had the feeling there was something in this story I didn't understand. Yeah, I figured that "blowing the candles out" implied that he and she sleep tobether qnd she conceives a child - but how does this double the indebtedness?

Anyhow, here's the Kingston Trio version.

-Joe Offer-



BLOW THE CANDLE OUT
Tom Drake/Bob Shane

When I sailed into Portland town, I called upon my dear.
Her window held a candle. Its light shone bright and clear.
I walked up to her doorstep. I knew she was within.
Her candle told the story, boys, and I was home again.

I like her good behaviour. I like her easy way.
I cannot sleep contented. The night seems like the day.
To sail in muddy weather, it makes me want to shout
and roll her in my arms, boys, and blow the candle out.

When I got home to Portland, 'twas as I said before.
The candle at the window and my love at the door.
We let the candle go, boys. We had no care or strife.
We went to see the parson and she became my wife.

And when we have a baby, boys, we'll name him after me.
She'll keep him neat and kiss him and rock him on her knee,
And when this trip is over, I'll sail no more about.
Yes, I'll remain in Portland, Maine, to blow the candle out.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: GUEST,Jody Nelson
Date: 14 Jun 06 - 06:26 PM

Mr. Offer,

Thanks for posting this. I needed to remember one of the verses, and couldn't find it anywhere. You've typed it pretty well.

I like her good behavior
I like her easy ways.

I can not sleep contented
for the night seems like the days.

But, when this trip is over
I'll sail no more about
I'm going back to Portland to ......


I originally learned this song from Sheryl Irvine who lives in the Timbo area.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: treewind
Date: 15 Jun 06 - 09:40 AM

I didn't know this thread existed...

Here's a recording, performed by 3 mudcatters!
See track 13.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: muppitz
Date: 15 Jun 06 - 10:05 AM

Probably not relevant but John Tams and Barry Coope do a song called "Who will blow the candle out?", it's a lovely song.

Can't remember it all but it begins:

Morning steals the sunlight peels my eyes
Half a promise sweetened by some lies
A night ago you whispered everything will be all right
Who will blow the candle out tonight

Coope, Boyes & Simpson have also done this song, either version is worth a listen!

muppitz x


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blow the Candle(s) Out
From: Peace
Date: 15 Jun 06 - 10:09 AM

Blow the Candle Out
Tom Drake / Bob Shane

© 1960 by Atzal Music, Inc. New York, NY
All Rights Reserved


see

http://users2.ev1.net/~smyth/linernotes/thesongs/BlowTheCanldel.htm


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