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Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away

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OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY
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SO EARLY IN THE MORNING


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Q (Frank Staplin) 28 Aug 09 - 08:31 PM
dick greenhaus 28 Aug 09 - 08:57 PM
MGM·Lion 28 Aug 09 - 09:54 PM
MGM·Lion 28 Aug 09 - 09:56 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 28 Aug 09 - 10:04 PM
dick greenhaus 28 Aug 09 - 10:27 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 28 Aug 09 - 10:33 PM
MGM·Lion 28 Aug 09 - 11:42 PM
GUEST,Geoff Boxell 14 Sep 14 - 10:45 PM
bubblyrat 15 Sep 14 - 08:49 AM
Lighter 15 Sep 14 - 09:24 AM
GUEST,SqueezeMe 15 Sep 14 - 11:01 AM
GUEST,Guest Isle of Wight 20 Dec 15 - 05:06 AM
GUEST 21 Dec 15 - 03:41 AM
GUEST,LIGHTER 23 Dec 15 - 06:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 08:31 PM

Dick Greenhaus- "By Lake Erie's Banks we stand"- Source?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 08:57 PM

Q-
Source--Burl Ives
Farquhar--ca 1730. Recruiting Seargent was a ballad opera, on the order of Beggar's Opera


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 09:54 PM

In interests of accuracy: George Farquhar's play was called The Recruiting OFFICER [not'Sergeant']; it was a straight stage comedy, not a ballad opera; it was first produced in 1706, not 1730. {For additional interest, it is the play·within·the·play being produced by the Australian transports in Timberlake Wertenbaker's distinguished play of 1988, Our Country's Good, based on novel The Playmakers by the Oz novelist Thomas Keneally, later a BookerPrize·winner with Schindler's Ark [Oscar winningly filmed by Spielberg as Schindler's List.]} Versions of Over The Hills occur interpolated into Farquhar's text; At one point e.g the recruits sing "We all shall lead more happy lives By getting rid of brats and wives That scold and brawl both night and day; Over the hills and far away - Over the hills etc"[act ii sc iii]: presumably a creative reworking by Farquhar himself rather than an actual current variant of the song, but it would be hard to be sure of this. It does however I think demonstrate that this was at the time the song concerning the ongoing wars for which the officer in the play was supposedly recruiting, which Farquhar would have expected his audience to recognise as such and respond to.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 09:56 PM

...which would have been [1706] in the reign of Queen Anne, who would therefore have been the one commanding "and we'll obey", rather than any of the Georges.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 10:04 PM

No evidence of any version sung by the colonists.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 10:27 PM

Thnx. is there a copy of The Recruiting Officer available anywhere?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 10:33 PM

See post by the late Bruce O. near the beginning of this thread for "The Recruiting Officer" lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 11:42 PM

I think there is an edition in print of Farquhar's The Recruiting Officer in Oxford World's Classics paperback - according to Whitaker's list of Books In Print &c.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: GUEST,Geoff Boxell
Date: 14 Sep 14 - 10:45 PM

My 14thC version:
Over the Hills and Far Away

Hark now the drums beat up again
For all true archers - yeomen
So let us list and march I say
N' go over the hills and far away

Chorus:
O' the hills, and o'er the plane To Flanders, France and now to Spain Prince of Wales commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away
Chorus:

There's forty shillings on the drum
For those that volunteer to come
'Tis archers all shall win the day
Over the hills and far away
Chorus:

Come yeomen that do have a mind
To serve a King that's good and kind
Come list and enter in to pay
N' go over the hills and far away
Chorus:

When duty calls me I must go
To stand and face another foe
But part of me will always stray
Over the hills and far away
Chorus:
O' the hills, and o'er the plane To Flanders, France and now to Spain Prince of Wales commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away

If I should fall to raise no more
As many others have before
Then ask the drums and pipes to play
Over the hills and far away
Chorus:

So fall in lads behind the drum
With colours blazing like the sun
We'll feather the foe come what may
Over the hills and far away
Chorus:


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: bubblyrat
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 08:49 AM

I think it is "oer the PLAIN" , actually. Anyway, I recently (August) watched and listened to Bill McKinnon and my old shipmate George Wilson , performing as "Nine Mile Ride", and they confidently and , indeed,stridently , even with great conviction, sang "Queen Anne Commands " , so that is good enough for me (but then it always was !).

Yours Aye ,"Bomber" Mills .


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: Lighter
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 09:24 AM

Shouldn't that be in Middle English?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: GUEST,SqueezeMe
Date: 15 Sep 14 - 11:01 AM

I first heard this song almost 50 years ago at a folk club in the West Country. Can't recall the singer (no, not Mr Tams!)

What is interesting (or not) is that I can vividly recall the second line of the chorus sung as:

"Through Flanders, Portingale and Spain"

Presumably, "Portingale" was a corruption of "Portugal".

Some years later, I became aware of the song "Fathom the Bowl", sung by a different singer, with the second verse, second line:

"Sweet oranges and lemons from Portingale come"

Any one else heard the word "Portingale" substituted for Portugal in song, or in any other context?

There doesn't seem to be many English folk songs mentioning Portugal, which is perhaps surprising considering it was one of England's major trading partners for many years. Wonder if there are any Portuguese songs mentioning England???

Answers accompanied by a nice bottle of Quinta most welcome....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: GUEST,Guest Isle of Wight
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 05:06 AM

The Isle of Wight Rifles used "Over the Hills and Far Away", with appropriate lyrics, as their marching song but the lyrics have been lost and the regiment was "absorbed" into the Hampshire and IW Rifles following disastrous losses at Suvla Bay and Gaza 100 years ago.

Folk here keeps their memory alive and if anyone can help to restore this missing link - heartfelt thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Dec 15 - 03:41 AM

Reight! I'm goin' t' learn 't bugger.

That's t' last time them smart sods ask me to sing "Over the hills and far away!" Any road, the land is flat around these parts f' bloody miles.

AND Sean Bean is a Blades fan, so a' waint watch the bugger.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
From: GUEST,LIGHTER
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 06:45 PM

Chaucer in the 1300s knew the country as "Portingale."

It was the usual English name for centuries.


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