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Lyr/Chords Req: Dream Angus

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DREAM ANGUS


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Dream Angus (Per malcolm:Described as "traditional" wherever referred to, and quite likely the tune is; I'm less convinced about the lyric, though. The DT file was transcribed from a record made by a Canadian band, and differs in wording from most examples to be found on the web; since I don't have any printed source for it, I can't say what would be the right of it. There is a verse omitted, however: List to the curlew cryin' oh, Fainter the echoes dyin' oh, Even the birds and beasties are sleepin', But my bonny bairn is weepin', weepin'. ...contains a particularly comical mis-hearing. Either the transcriber or the singer(s) have Dream Angus is hurtlin' through the heather, which is a ludicrously inappropriate image. The word should be hirplin(g), which is, to limp; move unevenly; hobble. Midi made from staff notation found on the web)


Anne Cormack 26 Jan 97 - 10:30 PM
Moira Cameron, moirakc@internorth.com 27 Jan 97 - 02:35 AM
Anne Cormack 27 Jan 97 - 06:36 AM
Felipa 09 Feb 03 - 05:50 PM
Felipa 09 Feb 03 - 06:14 PM
Felipa 09 Feb 03 - 06:24 PM
Cluin 09 Feb 03 - 06:55 PM
Malcolm Douglas 09 Feb 03 - 06:59 PM
GUEST,Duncan 04 Dec 03 - 01:27 PM
Jim McLean 04 Dec 03 - 02:30 PM
GUEST,terryd 29 Sep 09 - 01:17 PM
Jim Dixon 19 Nov 09 - 11:16 PM
GUEST,leeneia 20 Nov 09 - 02:36 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 20 Nov 09 - 08:12 PM
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Subject: Words to Dream Angus
From: Anne Cormack
Date: 26 Jan 97 - 10:30 PM

I knew this song at primary school, but have forgotten some of it. The chorus starts: Dreams to sell, fine dreams to sell, Angus is here with dreams to sell.......


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Subject: Lyr Add: DREAM ANGUS
From: Moira Cameron, moirakc@internorth.com
Date: 27 Jan 97 - 02:35 AM

DREAM ANGUS

  CHORUS:  Dreams to sell, fine dreams to sell,  
Angus is here with dreams to sell.
Hush now wee bairnie and sleep without fear,
For Angus will bring you a dream, my dear.

1. Can you no hush your weepin'?
All the wee lambs are sleepin'.
Birdies are nestlin', nestlin' taegether,
Dream Angus is hurtlin' through the heather.

CHORUS:

2. Sweet the lavrock sings at morn,
Heraldin' in a bright new dawn.
Wee lambs, they coorie doon taegether
Alang with their ewies in the heather.

CHORUS:



Enjoy!


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Subject: RE: Words to
From: Anne Cormack
Date: 27 Jan 97 - 06:36 AM

Moira, Thanks a lot, I've been meaning to learn this again for ages. I'll give you credit when i sing it at the folk club next week!!!! (That's the Peninsula Folk Club in Perth, Western Australia.)

Cheers!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Words to "Dream Angus"
From: Felipa
Date: 09 Feb 03 - 05:50 PM

hurtlin' I know as hirplin, as Malcolm Douglas has mentioned on another thread. A Gaelic-language lullaby with the same tune as Dream Angus is usually sung to can be found at >George Seto's website

are there stories about 'Dream Angus'?


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Subject: RE: Words to "Dream Angus"
From: Felipa
Date: 09 Feb 03 - 06:14 PM

there are loads of references to Dream Angus on the web
I didn't look at all of them, but I did find a story at the
Tannahill weavers' site: http://members.aol.com/tannahills2/lyrics/1067lyr5.htm
"A song from Ross to finish the side. A classic, almost fairy tale lyric wherein the fine young clan chief is slain in battle. Dream Angus is the Scottish "sandman" who comes 'round at night to help the children off to sleep. Unlike other countries' sandmen, Angus brings with him a bottle of whisky. If the child is not fast asleep by the time the whisky is finished, he wallops them over the head with the empty bottle"

for the tune (though I didn't listen to any)
mp3 Kaye: www.polopop.com/kaye/sleEP/dreamangus/
real audio Elspeth Cowie; http://www.footstompin.com/music/scottish_song/naked_voice/tracks/obj701
score based on Dream Angus; http://fagus-music.members.easyspace.com/composers/geaac/ga_da.htm


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Subject: RE: Words to "Dream Angus"
From: Felipa
Date: 09 Feb 03 - 06:24 PM

Why isn't there a DT link at the top of this page?

http://www.themediadrome.com/content/poetry/churchill_dream_angus.htm attributes to George Churchill
others say the song is traditional
If you have further information, please add it here


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Subject: RE: Words to "Dream Angus"
From: Cluin
Date: 09 Feb 03 - 06:55 PM

Got another verse for this one...

hear the curlews cryin'
yonder the echo's dyin'
even the birds and beasties are sleepin'
but my bonny babe is weepin'


You can hear some good friends of mine, Linda Miller & Nathan Curry performing a really nice version of this song (with the above verse included) at this here site, right here.

On their album "Land of Light", the Tannahill Weavers tagged on this tune as an pipe instrumental after the song "Yellow Haired Laddie". That's what the above blurb is in reference to.


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Subject: RE: Words to "Dream Angus"
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 09 Feb 03 - 06:59 PM

For that extra verse, see my post referred to earlier (and now also quoted at the top of this page).

Those links are not automatic, Felipa; they have to be added manually. It's there now.

There is a midi of the tune at Mudcat Midis:   Dream Angus (midi)

There's also a link to it from the DT file: DREAM ANGUS

It would be nice to have some more information on the song. It doesn't appear in the usual indexes, and I really don't think that the lyric is of any significant age.

It's worth mentioning that "A song from Ross to finish the side. A classic, almost fairy tale lyric wherein the fine young clan chief is slain in battle" (above) refers to the song The Yellow Haired Laddie (which isn't either of the usual songs of that name), not to Dream Angus.


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Subject: Chord Req: Dream Angus
From: GUEST,Duncan
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 01:27 PM

Can anyone help me here. I don't have the musical know-how to work out the chords, but would love to be able to play this lovely song. I have a right good look through digitrad without success. Sorry if I'm missed and am being thick

thanking you


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Dream Angus
From: Jim McLean
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 02:30 PM

I play it in A flat. Use A flat and D flat where it's obvious and sometimes E flat.
(A flat)'Can ye no hush yer (D flat)weep (Aflat)in' All the wee lambs are sleep(D flat)in'
(back to A flat) Birdies are nest (D flat)lin', (back to A flat)nestlin' the (E flat) gither,(A flat) Dream Angus is (D flat)hirplin ower the (A flat)heather

(A flat)Dreams to sell, fine (Dflat)dreams to(A flat) sell
Angus is here wi' dreams to sell. (D flat)O
(A flat)Hush ye my baby and sleep without (E flat)fear
(A flat) Dream Angus has (D flat) brought you a dream my (A flat)dear.

This is very simple but more interesting chords could no doubt be put in.
PS Do you notice the start of the song is identical to Mull of Kintyre?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Dream Angus
From: GUEST,terryd
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 01:17 PM

Dreams to sell, fine dreams to sell
D          Em    G             D
Angus has brought ye fine dreams to sell
Bm          D         Bm             D
Hush now my baby and sleep without fear
Bm          D         F#m          Em
Dream Angus has brought you a dream my dear
      D          Em            G       D


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Subject: Lyr Add: NAM BU LEAM FHÌN THU THÀLAIDHINN THU
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 11:16 PM

The above link to "George Seto's web site" is now dead, but I think this must be the song that was there. I think it's the older traditional lullaby whose tune was used for DREAM ANGUS.

From "The Songs of the Gael" by Henry Whyte ("Fionn") in The Old Highlands: Being Papers Read before the Gaelic Society of Glasgow 1895-1906 (Glasgow: Archibald Sinclair, 1908), page 343, where it appears with musical notation for one voice:

The following Tàladh or croon is said to have been sung by a kind-hearted fairy who, calling at a house, found a child lying in its cradle, its mother having apparently deserted it. The Gaelic words are a little irregular in measure, but a little acquaintance with the melody will enable one to sing them. The translation is a somewhat free one, but gives a good idea of the rhythm of the melody:?


TALADH.

1. Nam bu leam fhìn thu thàlaidhinn thu,
Nam bu leam fhìn thu thalaidhinn thu,
Nam bu leam fhìn thu
Dheanainn do bhrìodal,
A thasgaidh mo chrìdh' gu'n tàlaidhinn thu.

CHORUS: Thàladhainn thu, gu'n tàladhainn thu,
Thàladhainn thu, gu'n tàladhainn thu,
Dean cadal mo leanabh,
'S mo ghaol agad cheana,
A chagair mo chrìdh', gu'n tàlaidhinn thu.

2. Chunnaic mi seachad mu'n taca so 'n dé
Duine mór foghainteach, làidir, treun,
Le 'bhogha 's le shaighead,
Le 'sgaith is le chlaidheamh;
'S mòr m' eagal gu'n tachair do mhàthair ris.


TALADH.
(A Fairy Croon)

1. Wert thou mine own I'd fondle thee,
Wert thou mine own I'd fondle thee,
Wert thou my ain dearie,
Nae ill would come near thee,
My heart's dearest treasure, I'd fondle thee.

CHORUS: Fondle thee, yes, fondle thee,
Fondle thee, yes, fondle thee,
O sleep noo my lammie,
Ne'er fash for your mammie,
My bonnie wee lammie, I'll fondle thee.

2. Yestre'en at the gloamin', as I heard say,
A bonnie braw gallant gaed by this way,
Wi' bow and wi' arrow,
Wi' sword keen and narrow;
I'm feared that your minnie's wi' him away.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Dream Angus
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 02:36 PM

Thanks for reviving this thread. I've downloaded the MIDI linked by Malcolm Douglas. I think it will make a nice addition to my flute and dulcimer tunes.

I fear that whoever originall wrote "The following Tàladh or croon is said to have been sung by a kind-hearted fairy who, calling at a house, found a child lying in its cradle, its mother having apparently deserted it," was far too trusting and did not know much about fairies.

Why were the fairies called "The Good People"? They were called the Good People because they were bad. They were feared because they loved to cause trouble.

Telling a baby that its mother has deserted it when in fact the mother has merely gone off on an errand is typical of fairy malice. Actually, the hard-pressed mother has probably left the room briefly to punch down the bread dough or to get a four-year-old child out of a tree.

Disney, et all, had fairies all wrong.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Dream Angus
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 20 Nov 09 - 08:12 PM

yes, Geocities is gone, I'm having to re-do everything. Haven't had a chance to finish. Will probably be dark winter's nights projects


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