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Five Folksongs

Word count: 242

Song Cycle by John McCabe (b. 1939)

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1. The Water of Tyne [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

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I canna get to my love, if I would dee,
The water o' Tyne runs between her and me;
And here I must stand, wi' a tear in my e'e,
Both sighing and sickly my sweetheart to see.
O where is the boatman? my bonny hinny!
O where is the boatman? I'll give any money
To ferry me ower the Tyne to my hinny,
And I will remember the boatman and thee.
O bring me a boatman - I'll give any money,
And you for your trouble rewarded'll be,
To ferry me over the Tyne to my hinny,
Or scull her across that rough river to me.


Submitted by Ted Perry

2. Weaving Song

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3. Johnny has gone for a soldier

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4. Hush-a-ba birdie, croon, croon [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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Hush-a-ba, birdie, croon, croon1,
The sheep are gane to the silver wood,
An' the coos2 are gane to the broom, broom,
An' it's braw3 milkin' the kye, kye; 4
The birds are singing,
The bells are ringing,
The wild deer come galloping bye, bye.
 
Hush-a-ba, birdie, croon, croon, 1
The ewes are gane to the mountain top,
An' they'll no' be hame till noon, noon,
An' it's braw 3 herdin' the kye, kye; 4
The lambs are skipping,
The sun is dipping,
An' bairnie maun 5 hush-a-ba, bye, bye.
 
Hush-a-ba, birdie, croon, croon, 1
Your mither 6 is weary wi' watchin' here,
An' fain wad she lie doun, doun,
An' to rest she'll no be blate, blate;7
The fire is sinkin'
And mither 6 is thinkin'
Her bairnie maun 5 sleep for it's late, late.


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Definitions from the Alice Chambers Bunten score:
1 Croon = to croon or murmur
2 Coos = cows
3 Braw = grand
4 Kye = a herd of cows
5 Maun = must
6 Mither = mother
7 Blate = sorry-unwilling

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

5. John Peel

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