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Lyr Add: The Armourer's Widow

27 Mar 24 - 12:31 PM (#4199870)
Subject: Lyr Add: The Armourer's Widow
From: Stilly River Sage

A question about this song (who recorded it) came up on the Facebook page, but the asker didn't add much context, except that there was no information here at Mudcat. These lyrics appear in a book Tales of Sutton Town and Chase, with other tales, and some sketches. Including poems relating to Birmingham. Collect by "Tau". Illus. 86pp. 1904. VAUGHTON (THOMAS A.) (from a library listing here).

Transcribed from that book via a Google Books PDF:

The Armourer's Widow.
(author's note above the lyrics): To turn to the neighbouring town of Birmingham for a moment, it is evident from the following lines, how the memory of "Ruper's burning love for Birmingham," seared itself into the hearts of the townsmen and their descendants. This song, or something very like it, used to be sung in a sort of wailing monotone by the old nurse of a venerable lady, still living in the middle of the last century.

When Rupert came to Byrmingeham
We were in sorry plyght,
Our blood God's earth ystained by daye,
Our homes in blazing ruins laye,
And stained the skye at night.

With matchlock and with culverin,
WIth caliver and drake,
He battered down our ancient town,
He shot our sons and fathers down,
And Hell on earth did make.

Our children's cries, our widows' prayers
Ascended with the flame,
And callèd down the wrath devine
Upon the Royal murderer's line,
And brought his kin to shame.

Military history of Birmingham - scroll down to the 17th Century : the English Civil War for mention of this song.

27 Mar 24 - 12:36 PM (#4199871)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Armourer's Widow
From: Stilly River Sage

Here is a library record of the book found online via
Rewriting the Book
The Library of Birmingham

Ref No L/./51/2; 183717

FindingNumber        L51.2 / 183717

Title: Tales of Sutton Town and Chase, with other tales, and some sketches. Including poems relating to Birmingham. Collect by "Tau". Illus. 86pp. 1904. VAUGHTON (THOMAS A.) Work edited by.


The Lunar Society.
The Bloody hand. (Holte Family and Estates)
Roger Ffoxhall's will. FOXHALL (ROGER).
The Armourer's Widow. A song on the Battle of Birmingham. (Civil War, 1643 etc.)

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27 Mar 24 - 12:39 PM (#4199872)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Armourer's Widow
From: Stilly River Sage

Here is information from a site that sells an LP recording of the Brummagem Ballads by The Farriers / Kempion.

Brummagem Ballads
THE FARRIERS/ KEMPION Brummagem Ballads (1976 UK-only 15-track LP, a lively collection of Birmingham ballads & songs, housed in a unique fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl appear Near Mint with very little sign of wear & play BRO119)

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Release Year        1976 - 48 years ago
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Format        vinyl LP album (LP record)
Record Label        Broadside
Complete Stock List        Go to Kempion
Product Catalogue No        BRO119
Music Genre        Folk
Country        Comes from UK Comes from 'UK'

Tracklisting & More Information

A1 –Kempion I Can't Find Brummagem
A2 –The Farriers The New Navigation
A3 –The Farriers Tom King
A4 –Kempion A New Song On The Opening Of The Birmingham And Liverpool Railway
A5 –The Farriers Norton New Bell Wake
A6 –The Farriers Birmingham On Sea
A7 –Kempion Birmingham Jack Of All Trades
B1 –The Farriers Scot And Granby
B2 –Kempion The Birmingham Omnibus
B3 –The Farriers Humphrey Hardfeature's Description Of Cast-Iron Inventions
B4 –Kempion The Cockney's Trip To Brummagem
B5 –Kempion When Birmingham Is A Seaport Town
B6 –The Farriers The Slap Bum Tailor
B7 –The Farriers The Rigs Of Birmingham
B8 –The Farriers The Armourer's Widow


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Product Title        Brummagem Ballads
Product Information        Kempion Brummagem Ballads UK vinyl LP album (LP record).
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