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Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady

26 Jul 00 - 06:52 AM (#264866)
Subject: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST,Sean Mac Ruaraidh

Hi,

Just the lyrics will do - I don't really expect to get any chords.

1. I require a full version of Childrens song - or is this all of it ?

'On a mountain stands a lady, who she is I do not know. All she wants is gold and silver, all she wants is a fine young man'

2. My dad's been singing a song that appears to be coming straight from his subconcious - i.e. starts to sing it when he is driving. Only words I have are :-

'Old Uncle Albert was dancing with bears, dancing with bears, dancing with bears'

Thanks,

Sean MacRuaraidh.


"Dancing With Bears" replies moved to this thread (click).
-Joe Offer-


26 Jul 00 - 09:09 AM (#264912)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain / Dancing Bears
From: GUEST

The first song is a variant of "Oh no, John, no" and/or "Madam will you walk". As kids we used to sing:
    On yonder hill there stands a lady
    Who she is I do not know.
    All she wants is gold and silver,
    And a nice young man, you know
But I've heard so many versions, that I can't properly remember how it continued.

Wassail! V


26 Jul 00 - 09:21 AM (#264921)
Subject: ADD: On the hillside stands a lady
From: Jimmy C

The little girls in Belfast and probably other places used to sing a skipping song that went:
    On the hillside stands a lady
    Who she is I do not know
    All she wants is gold and silver
    All she wants is a fine young man

    Lady, Lady, touch the ground
    Lady, Lady spin around
    Lady, Lady, touch your shoe
    Lady, Lady, go right through.
During the singing of the second part the skipper would have to spin, touch her shoe etc, without getting tangled in the rope. If successful she would pass on and rejoin the line, if not she had to take the end of the rope and do the turning, this went on until everybody got a chance to skip. My sisters would sing it often, I suppose there are other verses but I can't recall any.


26 Jul 00 - 10:44 AM (#264974)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain / Dancing Bears
From: GUEST,Sean MacRuaraidh

I heard the song first in Belfast and my sister used to skip to the tune and do the Lady Lady part but I didn't know the words - so thank you.

I recently heard the song again by Ian Campbell Band - Scottish - but it didn't have the Lady Lady bit.

I began to wonder if there was more to the song as it doesn't seem to finish. Does she get her gold, her silver or a fine young man ? Why is she on the mountain and how long has she been standing there ?

Thanks - I wonder what the tune for the Waltzing Bear song is ?


26 Jul 00 - 11:27 AM (#264996)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain
From: Malcolm Douglas

The "On yonder mountain" verse probably belonged originally to the "Madam Madam I've Come a-Courting/ Oh No John/ No Sir No/ Ripest Apples/ Spanish Lady" group of songs; you might like to have a look at these examples on the DT:

Ripest Apples
Oh No John
No John No
Chester City

A Forum search will also find you quite a few references.

Malcolm


26 Jul 00 - 04:18 PM (#265191)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain / Dancing Bears
From: GUEST,Bruce O.

Also see "Consent at Last" in Scarce Songs 1 on my website. I take it to be the original of "No, John, No/ Spanish Merchant's Daughter". Verses in that are quite similar to some in "Paper of Pins/ Quaker's Courtship/ Keys of Heaven" and the songs are sometimes misidentified.


26 Jul 00 - 05:37 PM (#265262)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain / Dancing Bears
From: GUEST,Bruce O.

Steve Roud's folk song index seems to have the two songs well separated, and "No, John, No/ Spanish Merchant's Daughter/ Twenty, Eighteen" is Roud #146. He notes about 2 dozen texts in all. No broadside text close to traditional versions seems to be known.


20 May 10 - 02:26 AM (#2910372)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST,Canada

For skipping we would sing (in the 1960s in northern Canada)

On a Mtn stands a lady
Who she is I do not know
All she wants is gold and silver
All she wants is ice and snow

So come in my lady, lady, lady
So come in my lady,
While I go out to tea

(this was an invitation for one girl to skip in and take the rope and the other girl to skip out)


23 Apr 11 - 02:11 PM (#3141194)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST,Desideratum1731

We girls sang it when skipping in the 40s and 50s in London. Two girls turned the rope while singing: 'On the mountain stands a lady, who she is I do not know. All she wants is gold and silver, all she wants is a fine young man. So come in my XXXX dear, XXXXX dear, XXXXX dear, so come in my XXXXX dear before I run away. Either a boys name or a girl's name would be called to take their place skipping over the rope.


24 Apr 11 - 04:37 AM (#3141481)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: Darowyn

I know a much longer version which goes to the tune used as the theme to the old TV series "The Liver Birds".

Everybody sings
Stands a lady, on the mountain
Who she is I do not know.
All she wants is gold and silver,
All she wants is a nice young man"

the 'young man' then sings (to different tune)
Madam will you walk?
Madam will you talk?
Madam will you marry me?

lady,
No!

'young man'
What if I buy you a nice arm chair,
to sit in the garden when you take the air?
Madam will you walk?
Madam will you talk?
Madam will you marry me?

lady,
No!

'young man'
What if I buy you a silver spoon,
To feed your baby in the afternoon?
Madam will you walk?
Madam will you talk?
Madam will you marry me?

lady,
No!

'young man'
What If I buy you a nice straw hat,
With long green ribbons hanging down the back?
Madam will you walk?
Madam will you talk?
Madam will you marry me?

lady,
Yes!

Everybody (another different tune)
Off to church love, off to church love, farewell!
Home from church love, home from church love, farewell!

Young man+ all the boys
What's for breakfast love, What's for breakfast love, farewell!
What's for breakfast love, What's for breakfast love, farewell!

lady,+ all the girls
Bread and butter and watercress. Bread and butter and watercress.
Bread and butter and watercress, and you shall have some!

Young man
What's for dinner love, What's for dinner love, farewell!
What's for dinner love, What's for dinner love, farewell!

lady,
Bread and butter and beetles. Bread and butter and beetles.
Bread and butter and beetles, and you shall have some!

Young man
What's for supper love, What's for supper love, farewell!
What's for supper love, What's for supper love, farewell!

lady,
Bread and butter and RATS. Bread and butter and RATS.
Bread and butter and RATS, and you shall have some!

Then everyone runs about screaming for a while, then they all come back into the circle to start again.

My class of eight year olds used to play this in Leeds in the early 80's, and the fact that I remember it accounts for the reason that I made a birthday cake for one of my grandsons that was decorated with bread and butter and beetles one year. Two years later his little brother asked me "When you make my birthday cake granddad, will you put bugs on it please?"
Cheers
Dave


25 Apr 11 - 03:23 PM (#3142163)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: open mike

thought this might be about the statue above Butte Montana...
http://www.ourladyoftherockies.net/


26 Apr 11 - 02:09 PM (#3142819)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: Steve Gardham

The above question and answer version seems to be related to the versions used as rural stage pieces at village concerts in the nineteenth century. It also seems to be based on 2 songs, one 'Madam, will you walk', followed by, 'Shepherd, oh, shepherd, will you come home'.


11 May 11 - 09:49 PM (#3152445)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST

my mother used to sing...on a mountain stands a lady who she is i do not know...all she wants is gold and silver...all she wants is a fine young beau-      which makes more sense because it rhymes


27 Nov 11 - 06:04 AM (#3264144)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST,Michael James

Why do I have the feeling that the roots of this song are much more sinister than we all remember them to be? It has been swimming around in my head for 2 days now. I remember it from childhood either as a skipping song or when playing 2 balls against the wall. That was in the late 40's just after the war. Did it originally have a sinister meaning and was it some kind of warning?


27 Nov 11 - 10:52 AM (#3264253)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST,SteveG

This stanza sometimes introduces versions of 'The Keys of Heaven' but it is by no means certain that's where it originated. Like other add-ons above these things have a tendency to be tagged together especially in children's games. However if it is part of 'Keys of Heaven' there are Scottish versions 'Pennyworth of Preens' that have the Devil asking the questions, so you may well have something. Personally I think it's just staightforward and a piece of children's playfulness.


06 Jun 12 - 09:28 PM (#3360297)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST

My mom sang it much different:

On the mountain, stands a lady,
Who she is I do not know
All she wears is gold and silver
All she needs is a punch in the nose

So I'm calling *( insert name here)* dear,
*Katie *dear,
*Katie* dear

So I'm calling Katie dear, when I go out to play.

Good day!


04 Jul 13 - 12:54 AM (#3533582)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST,oxenkiller

wasn't there some version of this song sung on the "Mister Rogers" TV show? With those ugly king castle puppets during the "land of make believe" segment? I dunno, it's been almost 40 years since I watched that...I think that version had "...all she wants is gold and silver/all she needs is a good shampoo."


04 Jul 13 - 05:53 PM (#3533881)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: Joybell

As a skipping song in the 1950s we sang "On a hill there stands a creature..."
I always loved that image. A dragon? A lady griffin? A she-bear?
Joy


14 May 14 - 02:34 AM (#3625929)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST,Shay

When I was a kid in the 1990s we used to sing:
on nmountain stands a lady
who she is i do know
all she wants is gold and silver
all she needs is a punch in the
So out goes *name of kid who was jumping*
and in goes *name of the next kid in line*

then we would start again.


14 May 14 - 08:38 PM (#3626147)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: BrooklynJay

I've heard a version of it as "Spanish Lady," and I think it was sung in the southern part of the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century. I seem to remember seeing this on a website - I just can't recall which at the moment.

I'm pretty sure The Limeliters recorded a version of the song on their "More of Everything" album c.1964.


Jay


09 Aug 14 - 08:51 PM (#3649738)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST,Guest Courtbard

GUEST,oxenkiller:

You are correct. It was the "trio" of Lady Elaine Fairchild (puppet), Lady Aberlin (Human Betty Aberlin), and I think Henrietta Pussycat (puppet and both of them voiced by Fred Rogers) that sang the song and they did end the verse with "all she needs is a good clean shampoo." Although I think they used as slightly different tune.


10 Aug 14 - 12:46 PM (#3649879)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: On a mountain stands a lady
From: GUEST,Old gray squirrel

As to Sean Mac Ruaraidh's second query, his father's fragment appears to be from Waltzing with Bears, a delightful song adapted by Eugene Poddany from a Dr Seuss rhyme. For the lyrics, search Mudcat for Waltzing with Bears. There are also several threads in the Forum. To hear Pricilla Herdman sing it, go to Youtube.