The LiederNet Archive
WARNING. Not all the material on this website is in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net

Five Folksongs

Word count: 242

Song Cycle by John McCabe (b. 1939)

Not all available information for this cycle is visible. Return to normal display.

1. The Water of Tyne


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.


2. Weaving Song


[--- This text is not currently
in the database but will be added
as soon as we obtain it. ---]

3. Johnny has gone for a soldier


[--- This text is not currently
in the database but will be added
as soon as we obtain it. ---]

4. Hush-a-ba birdie, croon, croon


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.


View original text (without footnotes)
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

5. John Peel


[--- This text is not currently
in the database but will be added
as soon as we obtain it. ---]

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

Browse imslp.org (Petrucci Music Library) for Lieder or choral works