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Origins of Lass From the Low Country

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BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR (1)
BONNY FARDAY
DOWN IN YON FORREST
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LASS FROM THE LOW COUNTRY
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Subject: Origins of Lass From the Low Country
From: Puffenkinty
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 10:11 AM

Does anybody know where the song "Lass from the Low Country"
originated? I know John Jacob Niles claimed to have found it in Cherokee County, North Carolina, but has anyone else
found it or variants elsewhere?
Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Origins of Lass From the Low Country
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 11:40 PM

Here's some info from Traditional Ballad Index:

Lass From the Low Country/Lovers' Farewell (I)
DESCRIPTION: The girl laments that her love came and bade her farewell, then went to war in the Low Country. He fought, and none knew where he fell. Now "he may sleep in an open grave, But I will wake on my pallet of grief...."
AUTHOR: unknown ("collected" by John Jacob Niles)
EARLIEST DATE: 1961
KEYWORDS: parting death separation grief war
FOUND IN: US(SE?)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Niles 17A, "Lover's Farewell" (1 text, 1 tune, dubiously labelled as Child 26)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Three Ravens [Child 26]" (lyrics)
cf. "The Highland Widow's Lament" (plot)
Notes: Niles lists this piece as a form of "The Three Ravens," on the basis of a few lyric similarities ("evensong"; "No man knows that he lies there / But his horse and his hound and his lady Mary"; "Oh, he may sleep in an open grave / Where raven fly and flutter"). The plot, however, is completely different, and reminds me more of "The Highland Widow's Lament," which tells of a soldier dying in the Low Country (on behalf of Bonnie Prince Charlie). The piece is quite beautiful, but one can only suspect John Jacob Niles's hand in it. - RBW

-Richie


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Subject: RE: Origins of Lass From the Low Country
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 07:42 AM

Sorry about the last post, I was tired. The only similarity between Lover's Farewell and Lass of the Low Country is "Low Country".

Here's a British version with sheet music:

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Subject: RE: Origins of Lass From the Low Country
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 07:47 AM

Here's the site again:

http://www.birchmore.info/html/british_song.html


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Subject: RE: Origins of Lass From the Low Country
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 08:03 AM

Here's some recording info from Folk Music Index:

The Lass from/of the Low Countrie

Alevizos, Ted. Folksingers 'Round Harvard Square, Veritas, LP (1960), cut#B.08
Beers Family. Golden Skein, Biograph BLP-12054, LP (1972), cut# 11
Beers Family. Introducing the Beers Family, Columbia MS-6705, LP (196?), cut#B.04
Gooding, Cynthia. O Love Is Teasin', Elektra BLP-12051, LP (1985), cut#1.12
Gooding, Cynthia. Faithful Lovers and Other Phenomena, Elektra EKL-107, LP (195?), cut#A.02
Limeliters. Slightly Fabulous Limeliters, RCA (Victor) LPM-2393, LP (1961), cut#A.03
Mayhan, Judy. Folk Songs of Old Eire, Tradition TR 2075, LP (196?), cut# 7
Okun, Milt; and Ellen Stekert. Traditional American Love Songs, Riverside RLP 12-634, LP (1956), cut# 5
Wayfarers. Wayfarers, RCA (Victor) LPM 1213, LP (1956), cut#A.05


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Subject: RE: Origins of Lass From the Low Country
From: GUEST,Chris Vening
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 07:23 PM

Here is what Niles says about "The Lass from the Low Country" in his liner note to the Folkways album 'John Jacob Niles Sings Folk Songs', a 1964 reissue of Asch 78s:

'In the early summer of 1933 an old man named Hugh Stallcup, who lived near Murphy, N.C. sang me a garbled little love-song he called "The Ash from the Hill Country". Two lines of this sad love ditty formed the basis for the poem of the "Lass from the Low Country". They were:

A lass who lived at the bottom of the valley,
At the bottom where the low waters ran, ...etc...

Soon thereafter, I wrote a tune I could sing to dulcimer accompaniment. Contrary to popular belief, I wrote the text and tune of this love-song.'

See pdf of liner note at http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/folkways/FW02373.pdf. Niles placed the song in Cherokee County, N.C. and noted '(Copyright, G. Schirmer, Inc.)', as for all other songs on the compilation.


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Subject: RE: Origins of Lass From the Low Country
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 10:21 PM

"The Lass from the Low Country"

It's a bit late in the game to ask, but are the lyrics somewhere?


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Subject: RE: Origins of Lass From the Low Country
From: GUEST,999
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 12:18 AM

OOPS. They're in the DT. Found 'em.


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Subject: RE: Origins of Lass From the Low Country
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jan 18 - 02:08 PM

HELP!!! I am doing a solo Research for choir and I don’t know anything about the song except from what I gathered just reading the lyrics. The song is The lass from Low Countree. The gist I got is: There is a common woman who loves someone who is royalty, and she saw him one day and she tried to talk to him and he ignored her, and now she is depressed and she ‘sleeps in The Valley where the wildflowers nod.’ Other than that I don’t know anything about the song. Or the person that wrote it. Please Help!!


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