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Lyr Req: Lady Gay (Buell Kazee, #79)

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LADY GAY
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Subject: Lyr Add: LADY GAY (from Buell Kazee)
From: Roberto
Date: 08 Jul 04 - 05:17 AM

Help correct this transcription. I've put a question mark where I'm not sure of what I hear. Thank you. R

Buell Kazee, Legendary Kentucky Ballad Singer, British Archive Of Country Music BACM CD D 027; ballad recorded in 1928

There was a lady and a lady gay
Of children she had three
She sent them away to the North Countree
For to learn their grammaree

They had not been that (?) very long
Scarcely six months and a day
(?) Till death, cold death (?), came hasting along
And stole those babes away

It was just about old Christmas time
The night being cold and clear
She looked and she saw her three little babes
Come runnin' home to her

She's (?) set a table both long and wide
And on it she put bread and wine -
Come eat, come drink, my three little babes
Come eat, come drink of mine

We want none of your bread, mother
Neither we do want your wine
For yonder stands our Saviour dear
And to Him we must resign

Green grass grows over our heads, mother
Cold clay is under our feet
And every tear you shed for us
It wets our winding-sheet


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Subject: ADD Version: Lady Gay (Child #79)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 01:08 AM

Hi, Roberto - I couldn't find the Buell Kazee recording right off, but I found this in the meantime. It's from a CD called Am I Born to Die: An Appalachian Songbook, by Mason Brown and Chipper Thompson. Brown says he learned it from a 1960's folk-revival tape, from a recording by Buell Kazee or Bascomb Lamar Lunsford. Maybe it will help us understand the Kazee recording.
-Joe Offer-

Lady Gay

Chorus:
There was a lady, Lady Gay
Of children, she had three
Sent them away to the north country,
For to learn their grammery

They hadn't been there very long
Scarcely six months and a day
When death, cold death, come hastin' along
Stole them babies' lives away

Repeat chorus

It was long 'round Martinmas
The nights being cold and clear
She looked and seen her three little babes
Come a—runnin on to her

She set a table long and wide
And on put bread and wine
Come eat, come drink, you three little babes
Come eat, come drink of mine

Repeat chorus

We want none of your bread, mother
Neither do we want your wine
For yonder stands our savior dear
And to him we must resign

Repeat chorus

Green green grass grows above
Cold clay beneath her feet
And every tear you shed for us
It wets our windin' sheet

Fare thee well, mother dear
Fare thee well, to barn and byre
An' fare thee well, you pretty little gal
That tends our mother's fire

Repeat chorus

There's also a very credible rendition of the song on a CD called Inside Dave Van Ronk.


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Subject: ADD Version: Lady Gay (Buell Kazee)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 01:22 AM

I think I found the same recording you found, and it seems to me you have a pretty darn good transcription. I hear "She's set a table," but it could just as well be "she set a table."

Lady Gay
(as sung by Buell Kazee)

There was a lady and a lady gay
Of children she had three
She sent them away to the North Countree
For to learn their grammaree

They had not been there very long
Scarcely six months and a day
Till death, cold death, came hasting along
And stole those babes away

It was just about old Christmas time
The night being cold and clear
She looked and she saw her three little babes
Come running home to her

She's set a table both long and wide
And on it she put bread and wine -
Come eat, come drink, my three little babes
Come eat, come drink of mine

We want none of your bread, mother
Neither we do want your wine
For yonder stands our Savior dear
And to Him we must resign

Green grass grows over our heads, mother
Cold clay is under our feet
And every tear you shed for us
It wets our winding-sheet

Recorded 16 January 1928, Brunswick 212.
From Folk Song America, Smithsonian Collection of Recordings.

The notes tantalizingly say, "A longer version of 'Lady Gay,' recorded at a 1969 Seattle concert, can be heard on the June Appal album Buell Kazee."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: buell kazee's lady gay #79
From: Roberto
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 02:02 AM

Thank you very much, Joe. And I'll try to find the June Appal album as well. Roberto


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LADY GAY (Buell Kazee)
From: Stewie
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 02:17 AM

Here is the slightly longer version on June Appal mentioned by Joe in his posting above:

THE LADY GAY

There was a lady and a lady gay
And children she had three
She sent them away to the north country
For to learn their grammarie

They had not been there very long
Scarcely six months and a day
Till death, cold death, came hastening along
And took those babes away

'There is a king in heaven', she cried
'He wears a golden crown
Pray, send me down my three little babes
Tonight or in the morning soon'

It was just about old Christmas time
The nights being long and clear
She looked and she saw her three little babes
Come running home to her

She set a table both long and wide
And on it she put bread and wine -
'Come eat, come drink, my three little babes
'Come eat, come drink of mine'

'We want none of your bread, mother
Neither do we want your wine
For yonder stands our Saviour dear
And to Him we must resign'

She fixed a bed in a little back room
And over it she put white sheets
And over it the golden spread
Where those three babes might sleep

'Take it off, take it off', cried the oldest one
'Take it off, take it off', cried she
'For yonder stands our Saviour dear
And with Him you soon will be'

'Green grass grows over our bed, mother
Cold clay lies under our feet
And every tear you shed for us
It wets our winding sheet'

Source: transcription in booklet accompanying 'Buell Kazee' June Appal LP JA 009 of a recording of Buell Kazee at a Seattle concert in 1969. The recording was made by Mark Wilson.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: buell kazee's lady gay #79
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 13 Jul 04 - 12:17 PM

The Brunswick 212 recording is transcribed in Bronson, II, 79.30, pp 257-8. There are a few very minor differences from Joe's: v1 line 4 omits "for"; v3 line 2, has "nights"; v4 line 1, "She set".


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