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Lyr/Chords Req: The Roses of Eyam (John Trevor)

GUEST,Jennifer, Cambridge 13 Aug 02 - 03:06 PM
Willa 13 Aug 02 - 03:43 PM
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Subject: help needed please
From: GUEST,Jennifer, Cambridge
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 03:06 PM

Here's another request for a friend: Has anyone got the chords and lyrics to Roy Bailey's rendition of The Roses of Eyam, please? Or any knowledge of where the sheet music might be found? J.

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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Roses of Eyam
From: Willa
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 03:43 PM

Found this ref. on his official website.
Past Masters. New compilation. 18tracks originally recorded between 1975 & 1988. Price £12.00 inc p&p. PASTMASTERS CFCD403 (1998) Streets of London (John Hasted) Punch and Judy Man (John Conolly) The Malvinas (Dave Rogers) Curtains of Old Joe's House (Si Kahn) Rain Forest Falls (Geoff Pearson) Gracias a la Vida ( Violetta Parra) Two Good Arms (Charlie King) In These Hard Times (Weston & Barnes) Song of the Leaders (Brian Pearson) Roses of Eyam (John Trevor) War without Bangs (Geoff Pearson) Green Peace, Really Green (Geoff Pearson) All Used Up (Utah Phillips) Ghost Story (Jim Woodland) Sleep Well/Gravity (Gray & Rosselson/G.Pearson) Maria Diaz (Lenny Galant) The Years Grow Tall (Leon Rosselson) Daughters of the Revolution (Berni Armstrong)

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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Roses of Eyam
From: Willa
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 03:56 PM

Sorry for the thread creep, but this info was interesting.
From the Trevor Midgley website
"John Peel and Clive Selwood, my joint-benefactors at Dandelion, put it to me that maybe a name change might help to define the new, harder edge. It seemed like a good idea at the time. So, we took my full name - Christopher John Trevor Midgley - selected the middle two, and agreed that for all future releases I would be 'John Trevor'.
ON FEBRUARY 16th & 17th 1975, I demo'd a new set of fifteen songs at Tractor's studio in Heywood, Lancashire. Amongst these was a ballad called 'The Roses Of Eyam'.
Eyam (rhymes with 'dream') is the plague village of North Derbyshire. Its story dates from the mid-17th century when the bubonic plague took a hold there. In an heroic act of self-sacrifice, the villagers sealed-off the hamlet to make sure the disease couldn't spread to the surrounding areas. Ninety-per-cent of them died (over three hundred), and many of the graves are still there for all to see on a hillside above the town.

Shortly after I wrote this song, San and I went to live in Dronfield, North Derbyshire, and I started doing the rounds of some local folk clubs as John Trevor. Amongst the songs I sang was 'Roses Of Eyam', and amongst the people who heard it was one of the UK's finest folk music interpreters, Roy Bailey. Roy asked if he could use the song, and of course I said yes.

Now, twenty-five years on, Roy has sung 'Roses Of Eyam' on every continent. He included it on his 1985 album 'Hard Times', and re-released it in 1998 on the 'Past Masters' CD (Fuse CFCD 403). It's a recording that I'm particularly proud of (even though most people who know it will tell you that 'Roses Of Eyam' is a Roy Bailey song!)".

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Subject: DTADD: The Roses of Eyam (John Trevor)
From: Stewie
Date: 13 Aug 02 - 11:44 PM

I had a trawl around the net for the lyrics for you, but was surprised not to find them. Here is my transription from Bailey's recording - can't help with the chords.

(John Trevor)

The earth beneath the surface dust is cold and damp and raw
And, holding but/back? the memory of what has gone before,
Can almost be forgiven for remembering the dream
Of the wall of stones around the homes of the villagers of Eyam
The villagers of Eyam

In August 1665 along the cobbled roads
Between the houses dark and high, the carriers with their loads
Were leaving, for the northern towns, the capital and Crown
And also leaving far behind the plague of London town
The plague of London town

George Vicars was a tailor to the village life of Eyam
And to his house a case of clothes from London town was seen
To be delivered one fine day in September '65
And never more was tailor Vicars ever seen a live
Ever seen alive

The scars upon his face and chest were many to behold
And, lying by his fevered body, now so very cold,
The case from London opened wide, the clothes all neatly hung
And from the bell upon the church the knell of death was rung
The knell of death was rung

There followed sixty scarred and bleeding, buried in their grave
And Thomas Stanley stood above and told them Jesus saved
But Stanley was a Puritan, an enemy to heed
To Mompesson, the Anglican, who held the rector's creed
Who held the rector's creed

The differences between these men, which were so very wide,
Were shattered by their desperate need and rudely cast aside
The voices of these two were joined, their words were not in vain
They told the villagers of Eyam the plague must be contained
The plague must be contained

The village people took their word, agreed to stay and die
They built a wall around the hamlet not so very high
But high enough so they would know that though it mean their lives
The plague must stay behind the wall with children, friends and wives
With children, friends and wives

For six long months the wall did stand and honest to their word
The families died, the Fryths and the Syddals never more were heard
The Thornleys, Hancocks and the Torres were buried in the ground
The Coopers and the Vicars never made another sound
Never made another sound

The dawn that rang the final bell left thirty three alive
From three hundred and sixty in September '65
The villagers rebuilt their lives with those who still remained
The name of Eyam can still be seen, the plague had been contained
The plague had been contained

Source: transcription from Roy Bailey 'Hard Times' Fuse Records LP CF 382 (1982)

I got the name spellings from here:



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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Roses of Eyam
From: GUEST,Jennifer, Cambridge
Date: 14 Aug 02 - 05:37 PM

Wonderful rounded response from you fantastic people! Thanks so much. Willa, it's wonderful to have that quote from the writer to pass on to my friend (sadly computerless & thus unable to share in this 'catter chat'), which he'll be able to add to his intro for his rendition. J.

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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Roses of Eyam
From: Willa
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 03:53 PM

Our local libraries all offer public access to the internet. Perhaps there is something similar in your area that your friend could use to share in mudcat.

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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Roses of Eyam
From: GUEST,Jennifer, Cambridge
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 03:14 PM

Thanks to you as well, Stewie - didn't mean to ignore you! It's a great song, isn't it? My friend was pleased to hear he could have the words in print now, and now I can see the words he's talking about - haven't heard the musical version yet.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Roses of Eyam (John Trevor)
From: GUEST,h
Date: 17 Aug 17 - 04:27 AM

I have been singing this song for many years, here are the chords I use.

THE ROSES OF EYAM      John Trevor    / sung by Roy Bailey 1982
Dm G Dm G A D / Dm G Dm G A Dm / G A Dm G A Dm/ G A Dm G   D / |: G A Dm:|

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