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Lyr Add: Orkney Cradle Wren Song

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*#1 PEASANT* 12 Dec 06 - 08:28 AM
GUEST,Philippa 19 Dec 06 - 07:45 AM
MartinRyan 19 Dec 06 - 09:16 AM
*#1 PEASANT* 19 Dec 06 - 11:57 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Orkney Cradle Wren Song
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 08:28 AM

Orkney Cradle-Song
^^
We'll aff to the wids, says Tosie Mosie,
We'll aff to the wids, says Johnnie Read-hosie, We'll aff to the wids, says Wise Willee,

We'll aff to the wids, says the Brethren Three, Whit tae do there? etc.

Tae shut the wirran, etc.

Hoo will we tak' him hame? etc. In a cairt or wagon, etc. Whit will we boil him in? etc. IN pot and in pan, etc.

Whit will we do wi' his banes? etc. Burry them in the land, etc. They'll brak' men's pleughs, etc. Cast them in the sea, etc.

They'll grow into great rocks, etc. They'll wrack ships nad boats, etc. We'll burn them in fire, etc.

"its contributor says that sixty years ago he heard it sung to the first half of the tune "The Campbells are Coming." and that this adaptation of air to words was made in 1715. This, if it is a tradition to be relied on, makes it by far the earliest version of all I have reproduced here."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Orkney Cradle Wren Song
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 07:45 AM

I think it would be handy to have these various wren songs collected in one thread, very interesting


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Orkney Cradle Wren Song
From: MartinRyan
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 09:16 AM

Seems to be a version of "The Cutty Wren"?

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Orkney Cradle Wren Song
From: *#1 PEASANT*
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 11:57 AM

They are soon to be collected all in one book!

Watch this space.....days away!

Conrad
cbladey@bcpl.net
who cant stand endless proof editing....


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