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Lyr Req: High Germany (Pentangle)

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HIGH GERMANY
THE KING'S REQUEST MUST BE OBEYED
THE WARS OF GERMANY


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Maelgwyn 29 Jul 98 - 09:36 PM
Barry Finn 29 Jul 98 - 10:17 PM
Alan of Australia 30 Jul 98 - 02:12 AM
Alan of Australia 30 Jul 98 - 07:52 AM
Maelgwyn 30 Jul 98 - 03:44 PM
GUEST,Greg 22 Apr 01 - 04:19 PM
GUEST,pam.dixon@uwgc.org 02 Oct 02 - 04:38 PM
GUEST,Marie 02 Oct 02 - 05:21 PM
Malcolm Douglas 02 Oct 02 - 09:11 PM
GUEST,Pam Dixon 03 Oct 02 - 01:14 PM
GUEST,Anne-Lise 15 Mar 04 - 02:42 PM
GUEST,Nic Gellie 26 Nov 11 - 05:11 AM
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Subject: Pentangle Lyrics
From: Maelgwyn
Date: 29 Jul 98 - 09:36 PM

I'm looking for lyrics to the second verse of the pentangle version of 'High Germany.' It starts out: I fear the treacherous journey, bitter cold and burning heat Rough roads and stony mountains they will wound my tender feet I need the last two lines of the verse.


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Subject: RE: Pentangle Lyrics
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Jul 98 - 10:17 PM

There's a version in the DT, but not knowing the Pentangle version I can't say that this is what you're after. Good Luck Barry


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Subject: RE: Pentangle Lyrics
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 30 Jul 98 - 02:12 AM

G'day,
Wasn't that on the Solomon's Seal LP? If so there should be words on the sleeve notes. I'll check when I get home tonight.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: Lyr Add: HIGH GERMANY (from Pentangle)
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 30 Jul 98 - 07:52 AM

G'day,
From the Solomon's Seal (Pentangle) record liner:-

HIGH GERMANY

Oh Polly love oh Polly the rout is now begun
And we must march away at the beating of the drum
Go dress yourself in all your best and go along with me
I'll take you to the cruel wars in High Germany.

I fear the treacherous journey bitter cold and burning heat
Rough roads and stony mountains they will wound my tender feet
To your kinsmen I might prove untrue if from them I do go
For maids must bide at their parents' side while the men do face the foe.

I'll buy for you a horse my love and on it you will ride
Then all of my contentment will be riding at my side
We'll stop at every ale house and drink when we are dry
So quickly on the road my love we'll marry by and by.

Oh Billy love oh Billy now mind what I do say
My feet they are so tired I cannot go away
Besides my dearest Billy I am with child by thee
Not fitting for the cruel wars in High Germany.

Oh Polly love oh Polly I love you very well
There are few in any place my Polly can excel
And when your babe is born and sits smiling on your knee
You will think on your Billy that's in High Germany.

Oh cursed be the cruel wars that ever they began
For they have pressed my Billy and many a clever man
For they have pressed my Billy likewise my brothers three
And sent them to the cruel wars in High Germany.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: Pentangle Lyrics
From: Maelgwyn
Date: 30 Jul 98 - 03:44 PM

Go raibh maith 'ad!!! Thank you! Thank you!


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Subject: RE: Pentangle Lyrics
From: GUEST,Greg
Date: 22 Apr 01 - 04:19 PM

Hi there

Is there a site out there where someone has compiled a set of Pentangle lyrics? Particularly interested in 'Sweet child' and 'market song'.

Do email me on greg@myhome.org.uk, since I probably won't be able to find my way back to this forum!

Thanks

Greg


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Subject: RE: Pentangle Lyrics
From: GUEST,pam.dixon@uwgc.org
Date: 02 Oct 02 - 04:38 PM

I can't believe this! A site for Pentangle lyrics! There IS a reason for the internet, after all. Can somebody please send me the lyrics to The Cruel Sister? By the way, is this what they call a "chat room"? Thanks, from Pam, a new net-user.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CRUEL SISTER
From: GUEST,Marie
Date: 02 Oct 02 - 05:21 PM

Dear Pam, here is (I hope) what you're after :


CRUEL SISTER


There lived a lady by the North Sea shore
(Lay the bent to the bonnie broom)
Two daughters were the babes she bore
(Fa la la la la la la la la la )

As one grew bright as is the sun
So coal black grew the elder one

A knight came riding to the ladys door
He'd travelled far to be their wooer

He courted one with gloves and rings
But he loved the other above all things

Oh sister will you go with me
To watch the ships sail on the sea?

She took her sister by the hand
And led her down to the North Sea strand

And as they stood on the windy shore
The dark girl threw her sister o'er

Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam
Crying sister reach to me your hand

Oh, sister, sister let me live
And all that's mine I'll surely give

Your own true love that I'll have and more
But thou shalt never come ashore

And there she floated like a swan
The salt sea bore a body on

Two minstrels walked along the strand
And saw the maiden float to land

They've made a harp of her breast bone
Whose sound would melt a heart of stone

They took three locks of her yellow hair
And with them strung the harp so rare

They went into her father's hall
To play the harp before them all

But as they laid it on a stone
The harp began to play alone

The first string sang a doleful sound
The bride her younger sister drowned

The second string as that they tried
In terror sits the black-haired bride

The third string sang beneath their bow
And surely now her tears will flow


(Don't hesitate to ask for more,
I've got 30 Pentangle'songs in store! :-)




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Subject: RE: Pentangle Lyrics
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 02 Oct 02 - 09:11 PM

The text used by Pentangle in their arrangement of the song (set to a tune which doesn't belong to it traditionally, and with the refrain borrowed, like the melody, from Riddles Wisely Expounded) has been posted here a number of times in the past. I listed most of those, together with quite a lot of other information, in an earlier discussion: 'twasisters' lay the bent to bonny broom


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Subject: RE: Pentangle Lyrics
From: GUEST,Pam Dixon
Date: 03 Oct 02 - 01:14 PM

Thanks so much, Marie! And just in time for Halloween. And thank you, also, Malcolm. I went to the site you suggested and you headed off my next question at the pass. Now I won't even ask you what does that mean, "Lay the bent to the bonnie broom?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: High Germany (Pentangle)
From: GUEST,Anne-Lise
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 02:42 PM

Hello you guys,

I don't really know how this web site works so I don't know whom to thank precisely but I'm really grateful for the lyrics of "THE KING'S REQUEST MUST BE OBEYED", for it is extremely hard to find.
It had been days that I was looking for them on traditionnal music sites. Anyway thanks a lot.


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Subject: RE: music and chords: High Germany
From: GUEST,Nic Gellie
Date: 26 Nov 11 - 05:11 AM

I am after the music and chords for High Germany - the John Renbourn version.

Does anyone have it and the lyrics in ABC notation?

Thanks

Nic Gellie


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