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Lyr Req: Frank Proffitt's Lowland Low (#286)

08 Dec 04 - 04:44 AM (#1350748)
Subject: Lyr Req: Frank Proffitt's Lowland Low (#286)
From: Roberto

I miss a couple of words in this version of The Sweet Trinity / The Golden Vanity (F. J. Child number 286). FRANK PROFFITT, LOWLAND LOW, on Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, The Warner Collection, Volume II. Please, help me. Thanks. Roberto

There was a little ship in South Amerikey
That went by the name of the Golden Willow Tree
As she sailed on the lowland lonesome low
As she sailed on the lowland sea

Up stepped a little man: What will you give me
To sink her in the lowland lonesome sea
To sink her in the lowland lonesome low
To sink her in the lowland sea?

I have houses and I have land
One only daughter that'll be at your command
If you sink her in the lowland lonesome low
If you sink her in the lowland sea

He had a little instrument just for the use
He cut .... salt water juice
And he sank her in the lowland lonesome low
He sank her in the lowland sea


08 Dec 04 - 05:06 AM (#1350759)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Frank Proffitt's Lowland Low (#286)
From: Roberto

Sorry, I was wrong to write Volume II, it is Volume I. Roberto


08 Dec 04 - 06:12 AM (#1350777)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Frank Proffitt's Lowland Low (#286)
From: GUEST,MCP

Roberto

In Anne Warner's Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne & Frank Warner Collection, where an 11 verse version from Frank Proffitt (1959) is printed, the missing line is "And cut him nine gashes in the salt water juice". I can't seem to see my copy of Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still at the moment, but if I can find it I'll check the words there.

Mick


08 Dec 04 - 06:25 AM (#1350790)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Frank Proffitt's Lowland Low (#286)
From: GUEST,MCP

Found it, and it does seem to be: "He cut nine gashes in the salt water juice" (I wasn't sure at first if he sang lashes instead of gashes, but I think it is gashes).

The following line has sunk rather than sank.

Mick


08 Dec 04 - 06:36 AM (#1350800)
Subject: ADD: Frank Proffitt's Lowland Low (#286)
From: Joe Offer

Here's the full printed version, Roberto. I hope it helps. Your transcription seems exactly like the recording, except for the correction Mick added. Unfortunately, Sandy Paton did not record Frank Proffitt singing this song of the Folk-Legacy album.
-Joe Offer-


Lowland Low (or, The Golden Willow Tree)

There was a little ship in south Amerikee
Was known by the name of the Golden Willow Tree
And she sailed on the lowlands, lonesome low,
For she sailed on the lowland sea.

Now she had not been a-sailing, not very long,
In weeks not more than three,
Until they spied a ship all sailing high,
And it was the Turkish Robberee.

"Oh, what shall I do! Oh, what shall I do!"
Our jolly well captain, cried he,
"I a-feared we all will be took by the Turkish Robberee
And be sunk in the lowland sea."

Up steps a little man, "What will you give to me
For to sink her in the lowland, lonesome sea,
To sink her in the lowlands, lonesome low,
If I sink her in the lowland sea?"

"I have at home houses and lands,
Also my youngest daughter will be at your command,
If you'll sink her in the lowlands, lonesome low,
If you'll sink her in the lowland sea."

All down in the briny deep swum he,
He swum beneath the Turkish Robberee,
All a-sailing high on the lowlands low,
Sailing so high on the lowland sea.

He took a little instrument just for the use,
And cut him nine gashes in the salt water juice,
And he sunk her in the lowlands, lonesome low,
He sunk her in the lowland sea.

Back he comes a-swimmin', back comes he,
Back to the side of the Golden Willow Tree,
As she sailed upon the lowlands, lonesome low,
As she sailed upon the lowland sea.

"Have you made the writ to your houses and lands,
And vowed for me to have your fair daughter's hand?
For I've sunk her in the lowlands, lonesome low,
I've sunk her in the lowland sea."

"A fool only gives of his houses and lands,
And his youngest daughter to be at your command.
You can go sink in the lowlands, lonesome low
You can sink in the lowland sea."

Up he went and down went he until the count of three,
Then he sunk to the bottom of the lowland sea.
He sank in the lowlands, lonesome low,
He sank in the lowland sea.


as sung by Frank Proffitt, 1959

source: Traditional American Folk Songs from the Anne & Frank Warner Collection


tune available, if you ask me.


08 Dec 04 - 07:08 AM (#1350819)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Frank Proffitt's Lowland Low (#286)
From: Roberto

Thank you very much, MCP and Joe Offer. Yes, I'm interested in the tune: what shall I do then? Thanks. Roberto