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Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside bright

Joe Offer 03 Aug 04 - 11:53 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 04 Aug 04 - 03:42 PM
Joe Offer 06 Aug 04 - 03:38 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 06 Aug 04 - 10:05 PM
Joe Offer 07 Aug 04 - 10:30 PM
Joe Offer 08 Aug 04 - 10:45 PM
Matthew Edwards 09 Aug 04 - 06:39 AM
Harpin Hank Hogan 27 Apr 08 - 01:07 AM
Joe Offer 27 Apr 08 - 01:19 AM
Jim Dixon 29 Apr 08 - 08:27 AM
GUEST,Jenn 03 Jul 09 - 09:04 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside bright
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Aug 04 - 11:53 PM

This is not MY kind of song, but a friend asked if I could find it. Here's her e-mail:

    Joe,
    An old friend called a few days ago to ask if I could supply the missing words from the following song. Do you know the song or how I could find it? Apparently a friend of hers heard it as a child and wants to record it for her daughter to sing to her child who is due to be born in mid-August. My friend thought it was an American folksong. A couple of others thought it sounded Irish. Here it is:

      As Katie one night by the fireside bright
      sat busy spinning her thread
      'twas Tims came by with a laugh in his eye
      and listen to what he said,

      "I've had a fling on the grassy ring
      where fairies flit and twirl and sing.
      If you go by night when the stars are bright,
      you'll see, you'll see.
      For I'm the lad the faires have had
      to tea, to tea."

      When the __________came out the brownie scout
      ______________________________________
      Twas Tim(s) who wheeled and turned on his heel
      afraid, afraid.

      And the sweet Kathleen was chosen their queen,
      fair maid, fair maid.

    Can anybody help?
    Thanks.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside bright
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 04 Aug 04 - 03:42 PM

Looking over the lyrics, I'd almost say it's like a stage show thing. Sort of music hall or something. I've been trying the various sheet music repositories but haven't found anything in that vein yet.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside bright
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Aug 04 - 03:38 AM

Anybody?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside bright
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Aug 04 - 10:05 PM

Sounds like something the "Irish Rovers" used to do.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside bright
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Aug 04 - 10:30 PM

Can't imagine the Irish Rovers singing about Brownie Scouts. Can't somebody please help? I have an illusion to maintain in our song circle - they believe I'm all-knowing when it comes to songs. This is a very worthwhile illusion to maintain.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside bright
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Aug 04 - 10:45 PM

Oh, NO!!! this is about to disappear from the Forum Menu without an answer.

Help!!


-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside bright
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 09 Aug 04 - 06:39 AM

Can't somebody help Joe to maintain his credibility? My guess would be to look in old copies of Girl Scout/Brownie Scout songbooks. Although as George suggests above there is something about the lyrics that hint at a stage show; did Girl Scouts and Brownie Scouts in the US have the equivalent of The Gang Show?

One of my worst memories is of singing Camptown Races as a Wolf Cub at a Scout show in Dublin in 1962 - in blackface.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside brigh
From: Harpin Hank Hogan
Date: 27 Apr 08 - 01:07 AM

My mother taught me this song I wrote it down and I've had these lyrics in a notebook since about 1980. She also taught me the melody on the piano and told me that she performed it in a play at school. This would have been in Ashland, Ohio during the depression years.
She said the name of the school play was "The Queer Prince" but I've
not that title.
I uploaded these lyrics to the session dot org few years ago. I have since been learning how to use Harmony ASsistant and only recently learned about MudCat !
Here is the Harmony Assistant version of ABC which will print out both the melody line and lyrics together after you change the extension of the text file to dot abc:

X:1    %Music
T:The Fairy Ring               %Tune name
C:Composer :Unknown               %Tune composer
N:Remarks : A song Hogan's mother and Grandmother used to Sing

(1800's ?)       %Tune infos
Q:1/4=120    %Tempo
V:1    %
    %!STAVE 0 'Piano 1' @
    %!INSTR '...' 0 0 @
M:6/8    %Meter
L:1/8    %
K:C
GEG c B2 |G A2 E E2 |F G2 CCB, |C E2 z3 |
w:As Ka tie one night by moon light bright sat bus-y

spin-ning her thread.
E D2 ECD |EFG AGA |BdB G A2 |D G2 z3 |
w:'twas Tim came by ~with~ a laugh in his eye and now

list-en to~ what he said:
G G2 DDC |D E2 A A2 |E F2 B B2 |A G2 c c2 |
w:I've had a fling in-a fair-y~ ring where fai-ries

dance-and play and sing-
B/c/ d2 A A2 |B c2 G G2 |c B4 z |A G4 z |
w:won't you come this night while stars are bright

you'll see you'll see
c d2 A A2 |BcB A G2 |A G4 z |d c4 z |
w:for I'm the lad-the fair-ies have~~~ had to tea-to

tea-
GEG c B2 |G A2 E E2 |F G2 CCB, |C E2 z3 |
w:As Ka ty one night by moon light bright sat bus-y

spin-ning her thread.
E D2 ECD |EFG AGA |BdB G A2 |D G2 z3 |
w:'twas Tim came by ~with~ a laugh in his eye and now

list-en to~ what he said:
G G2 DDC |D E2 A A2 |E F2 B B2 |A G2 c c2 |
w:I've had a fling in-a fair-y~ ring where fai-ries

dance-and play and sing-
B/c/ d2 A A2 |B c2 G G2 |c B4 z |A G4 z |
w:won't you come this night while stars are bright

you'll see you'll see
c d2 A A2 |BcB A G2 |A G4 z |d c4 |
w:for I'm the lad-the fair-ies have~~~ had to tea-to

tea
z6 |]
    %End of file
__________________________________________________________________

You can contact me through my Youtube page which is www dot youtube dot com slash b0dhran (http://www.youtube.com/b0dhran) I will post
a video there of the song played on my harp soon.

-- Glad to know there is interest in this song !

Braveharp (b0dhran)


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Subject: ADD: The Fairy Ring
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Apr 08 - 01:19 AM

Thank you very much, Braveharp. Now, I hope I can figure out who asked me for that song back in 2004. You didn't have the verse about the "fair maid, fair maid"??
Here are the lyrics, without the tune, for easier reading:

The Fairy Ring

As Katie one night by moon light bright
sat busy spinning her thread.
'Twas Tim came by with a laugh in his eye
and now listen to what he said:
I've had a fling in a fairy ring
where fairies dance and play and sing
Won't you come this night while stars are bright
you'll see, you'll see
for I'm the lad the fairies have had
to tea, to tea

As Katy one night by moon light bright
sat busy spinning her thread.
'Twas Tim came by with a laugh in his eye
and now listen to what he said:
I've had a fling in a fairy ring
where fairies dance and play and sing-
won't you come this night while stars are bright
you'll see, you'll see
for I'm the lad the fairies have had
to tea, to tea.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside bright
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Apr 08 - 08:27 AM

WorldCat lists:

Hyde, Herbert E., and Frances Ellen Funk. The Quest of the Queer Prince: Cantata for Children's Chorus. Chicago, Ill: H.T. FitzSimons, 1927.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Katie one night by the fireside bright
From: GUEST,Jenn
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 09:04 AM

Just in case anyone is interested in picking up a copy of the Quest of the Queer Prince - Cantata, it is currently listed on ebay.

http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?MakeBid&_trksid=p4340.l1357&item=270420094641&fromPage=4340&fb=2

or as Tiny URL
http://tiny.cc/cNwEk


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