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Lyr Req: The Highland Widow's Lament

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GUEST,cherishrose 04 May 04 - 12:40 PM
Malcolm Douglas 04 May 04 - 12:55 PM
masato sakurai 04 May 04 - 12:58 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 04 May 04 - 01:36 PM
Jim McLean 04 May 04 - 02:16 PM
GUEST,cherishrose 04 May 04 - 02:37 PM
pavane 04 May 04 - 02:42 PM
Snuffy 04 May 04 - 06:37 PM
maple_leaf_boy 08 May 10 - 09:50 PM
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Subject: The Highland Widow's Lament
From: GUEST,cherishrose
Date: 04 May 04 - 12:40 PM

I have seen the lyrics on Mudcat for
Border Lament and Flower of Serving Men;
they are not the ones I learned. If anyone
can help, I would be appreciative.
It starts out with O I have come to the low country
refrain, without a penny in my purse to buy a meal
tae me - next comes the list of things she left
behind, yows , kine, and then after that comes
something like "and Donal was the bravest man and
Donal he was mine" Then later on about Culloden Field
where Donal fell.
Anyway, hope to hear from someone soon.


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Subject: RE: The Highland Widow's Lament
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 04 May 04 - 12:55 PM

It was posted here four years ago. Highland Widow's Lament


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Subject: RE: The Highland Widow's Lament
From: masato sakurai
Date: 04 May 04 - 12:58 PM

It's a Burns song. See Robert Burns Country - The Highland Widow's Lament. Lyrics & midi are here.


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Subject: RE: The Highland Widow's Lament
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 May 04 - 01:36 PM

In the thread linked by Malcolm, a note from Bruce O says that it is in his Scarce Songs 1, and he had two tunes. Can't find it- another title? Or was he referring to the Border Widow's Lament?


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Subject: RE: The Highland Widow's Lament
From: Jim McLean
Date: 04 May 04 - 02:16 PM

In 1971 I produced an LP, 'Martin Windsor and Redd Sullivan hosts of the Troubadour with Friends'. One of the friends was Jeannie Steel who lived with Martin and she sings The Hielan' Widow's Lament on the album. The tune is her own, which I think is rather dirgy and less 'pawkie' as that on the Contemplator's site.


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Subject: RE: The Highland Widow's Lament
From: GUEST,cherishrose
Date: 04 May 04 - 02:37 PM

Thank you Malcolm! I sang that song
at The Studio Celtia Song Circle (London, Ontario)
some time ago and it seems to have left my memory.
I am sure that I would have recalled it given
wakeful nights and it alone on my mind. At the
song circle I asked a piper to accompany me while
I sang it. He droned e's and d's and I must say
you could have heard a mouse cross the roof above
it was soooo quiet and all were attentive.
Thank you once again. Valerie (cherishrose)


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Subject: RE: The Highland Widow's Lament
From: pavane
Date: 04 May 04 - 02:42 PM

Barbara Dickson (yes, the same one) has recorded it as well.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Highland Widow's Lament
From: Snuffy
Date: 04 May 04 - 06:37 PM

I have a version recorded by Ian Campbell, which has the first 5 and last verse as above, but instead of the Charles Stuart and Culloden verses, it has the following:

There's nothing left to me ava'(?)
Ocone, ochone, ochree
But bonny orphan laddies twa
To seek their breed frae me

There's only ane(?) link of hope left
To lichten my gault(?) ee
To see my bairns gi'e bloody crowns
To them gart(?) Donald dee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Highland Widow's Lament
From: maple_leaf_boy
Date: 08 May 10 - 09:50 PM

I found a beautiful version of this song on youtube, as an avid youtuber. It is sung by Larkworthy Antfarm accompanied by a tenor recorder. The video is an animation. She leaves out verses three and four, though.


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