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Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics

01 Mar 12 - 01:00 PM (#3315690)
Subject: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: GUEST,dbrener123

i would like to know about the lyrics to the jump rope song called The Wind Blows High. Does anyone have lyrics they can share? Are there any particular meanings that can be shared as well?


01 Mar 12 - 01:05 PM (#3315693)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: GUEST

Google

The Wind Blows High

and there will be many lyrics from which to choose.


01 Mar 12 - 11:18 PM (#3315933)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: Joe Offer

mamalisa.com ties it to "I'll Tell Me Ma."

The Wind Blows High
Jump Rope Song

The wind, the wind, the wind blows high
Blowing (a name) through the sky
She is handsome, she is pretty
She's the queen of the highland city
She goes courting 1-2-3,
Won't you tell us who is she?

We have it listed in our Digital Tradition Folk Song Database as The Wind, The Wind (6 versions)

I did not find it in the Jumprope Hypertext Archive (also here at Mudcat).

Can anybody contribute other versions? 6 is pretty good though, hey?

-Joe-


And just because I like it, here's Robert Hunter singing his The Wind Blows High, an entirely different song. Lyrics at Grateful Dead Lyric and Song Finder...


01 Mar 12 - 11:50 PM (#3315943)
Subject: ADD Version: The Wind Blows High
From: Joe Offer

http://funwithfolk.com/en/songs/35-all-songs/83-the-wind-blows-high.html has lyrics and a nice recording:

THE WIND BLOWS HIGH

The wind, the wind, the wind blows high.
The rain comes scattering down the sky.

She is handsome, she is pretty.
She is the flower of London city.

She goes a-courting one, two, three.
Oh pray will you tell us who will it be?
Tommy Jones he says he loves her.
All the boys are fighting for her.

Let the boys say what they will,
But Tommy Jones he loves her still.

He knocks at the door and he picks up a pin.
And says 'Mrs Brown is your daughter within'.

She's neither within and she's neither without,
But she's in the back parlour walking about.

Sweetheart, sweetheart will you marry me.
Yes sir, yes sir at half past three.

Half past three will be too late.
We can't have the party 'til half past eight.


02 Mar 12 - 10:15 AM (#3316108)
Subject: ADD Version: The Wind Blows High
From: Flash Company

Mid-Cheshire version circa 1940 went as follows:-

THE WIND BLOWS HIGH

The wind, the wind, the wind blows high,
The rain comes clatterin' down the sky,
She is handsome, she is pretty,
She is the Queen of the Golden City,
She is a-courting one two three,
Please will you tell us who is he?

Johnny Kelly says he loves her,
All the boys are fighting for her,
Let the boys go as they will,
But it's Johnny Kelly she loves still.
He takes her in the garden and sits her on his knee
And says 'My dear, will you marry me?'
She says 'Tomorrow!' but he says 'Today!'
So they both take their horses and ride far away.

FC


02 Mar 12 - 05:01 PM (#3316284)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: Snuffy

Almost identical first verse from Stockport area ca 1954: our rain came "scattering" rather than "clattering", and she was the "Girl" of the Golden City, not the "Queen".


23 Oct 14 - 07:53 AM (#3671475)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: GUEST

I remember a very similar version from Derbyshire around 1950

Something like

The wind, the wind, the wind blows high
The rain comes scattering down the sky
He is handsome, she is pretty
She is the girl of the London City
Johnny Smith sits her on his knee and says dear Christine,
Will you marry me, oh will you marry me!


23 Oct 14 - 09:10 PM (#3671710)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: Rumncoke

In South Yorkshire the weather was worse

The wind the rain the hail blows high
The snow comes tumbling from the sky


23 Oct 14 - 10:34 PM (#3671720)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: Bert

Let the wind blow High, Let the wind blow low
Through the streets in my kilt I'll go
All the lassies say hello
"Donald where's your Trousers!?"


19 Dec 16 - 11:53 AM (#3827411)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: GUEST

The wind, the wind, comes falling from the sky
The rain comes falling from the sky
Johnny says he'd like to try he's the boy of the Golden city.
He is handsome, he is witty, he the boy of the Golden city
This version comes from the third grade music book.


12 Jan 17 - 07:31 PM (#3832201)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: GUEST,GUEST

What I remember from third grade in 1960 in Northern Minnesota is a kind of "duck-duck-goose" sort of grade school game where a (named) child would walk around while the song was chanted and "choose" the next person who would then stand up and walk around with the new name being chanted and so on and so on.....

The wind, the wind, the wind blows high,
The snow comes falling from the sky,
(Name) says she'd (he'd) like to try,
She's (He's) the girl (boy) of the golden city.
She (He) is handsome, she (he) is witty,
She (He) is the girl (boy) of the golden city,
She (He) shall choose 1-2-3, you are the one that it will be.

I only remember the one verse ever being used.


13 Jan 17 - 06:59 AM (#3832295)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: Nigel Parsons

No claim as to which is the original, but apart from the 6 versions Joe links above, possibly the best known is "The Belle of Belfast City" also known as "The Wind" or "I'll tell me ma".

Although, admittedly when I hear it, I go back to schooldays:
"She is handsome, she is pretty
She's the girl with big big titties!"

Oh the fun we had in those far off days . . .


13 Jan 17 - 07:05 AM (#3832297)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: Nigel Parsons

According to Wikipaedia: Roud Folk Song Index number 2649.

Something Joe would know more about than me, but worth checking?

It might explain why we can find so many variants.


13 Jan 17 - 08:09 PM (#3832448)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: Joe Offer

Thanks, Nigel - I see that Wikipedia lists the song under I'll Tell Me Ma. Steve Roud, by the way, did a great book on playground songs.
-Joe-


29 Mar 18 - 04:46 AM (#3913777)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: GUEST

In the Spectator, Alan Powers writes:

The wind, the wind, the wind blows high
The snow is falling from the sky,
Maisie Drummond says she'll die
For want of the Golden City.

This children's rhyme provided the title for Sacheverell Sitwell's final prose book in 1973, a testimony of stoic resistance to the modern world.


21 Jun 18 - 10:25 AM (#3932400)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wind Blows High Jump Rope Lyrics
From: FreddyHeadey

see National Library of Scotland film
The SINGING STREET, 1951
> ~7.30
http://movingimage.nls.uk/film/0799



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