The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow - Gary & Vera Aspey - Seeing Double
Label: Topic Records - 12TS407 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk
Kenneth S. Goldstein commented in the album's booklet:. Child printed nineteen texts of this beautiful Scottish tragic ballad, the oldest dating from the 18 th century.
Sir Walter Scott, who first published it in his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Borderbelieved that the ballad referred to a duel fought at the beginning of the 17 th century between John Scott of Tushielaw and Walter Scott of Thirlestane in which the latter was slain. Child pointed out inaccuracies in this theory but Schlußpunkt - Change Of Mind - Change Of Mind to give credence to the possibility that the ballad did refer to an actual occurrence in Scott family The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow - Gary & Vera Aspey - Seeing Double that was not too far removed from that of the ballad tale.
In a recent article, Norman Cazden discussed various social and historical implications of this ballad and its relationship to ChildRare Willie Drowned in Yarrowas well as deriding Scott's theories as to its origin.
The ballad still exists in tradition in Scotland. It has been reported rarely in America, a fine text having been collected in New York State. He learned this song from the singing of Davie Stewart. She noted:. One The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow - Gary & Vera Aspey - Seeing Double the many versions of a ballad which has retained its popularity in the oral tradition in Scotland.
The original album's notes commented:. The Yarrow valley runs from the Border hills south of Edinburgh to join the river Tweed near Selkirk. There is much similarity, however, when it comes to the combat verses. It is not clear in Jane's version who the murderer is, but she has her own ideas: Jane: He wis goin for them aa, bit een o them came at him fae the back. It must have been his brither-in-law. On one occasion, Jane sang this song to a different melody, unusual for a traditional singer and she sometimes begins with two extra verses which do help clarify the motive.
The album's sleeve notes commented:. Arguably one of the finest of the Border Ballads. In simple terms the theme is Batterie - Aly Tejas - Music From Within: A Tribute To Martha Mahr and Juliet. This fits conveniently with the reiving theme of two families is dispute. It also deals with the theme of the girl courting beneath her station in life. Whatever, the young man is clearly regarded as unsuitable by the girl's family.
As with many of the songs with no clear historical connection attempts have been made to give the song a real-life background.
This has led to the theory that the lady was the daughter of Rockn Roll - Various - 20 All Time Greats of Dryhope, a notorious Reiver. Whether or not it has an historical basis becomes less significant against the overwhelming tragedy of the song.
The text was collected in the Borders and so it has probably been altered by the oral process from Yarrow. The text has several ritual, magical and folklore allusions: the dream, the long yellow hair being wrapped three times around the body, etc.
This recording was included in on the Musical Traditions anthology of song and music from the Mike Yates Collection, Up in the North and Down in the Southand in The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow - Gary & Vera Aspey - Seeing Double his Kyloe anthology of ballads, songs and tune from the Scottish Borders, Borderers.
Yates commented in the former album's booklet:. While the ballad is set in a known location, the Yarrow Valley—a few miles to the west of Selkirk, it is not known if it is based on an actual historic event. Sir Walter Scott believed that it referred to a duel fought between John Scott of Tushielaw and his brother-in-law Walter Scott of Thirlestane, where the latter was slain; but others have doubted this, citing the ballad's similarity to the Scandinavian Herr Helmer.
In this ballad Helmer has married Le Spectre - Monique Leyrac - Chante Nelligan lady whose family are at feud with him for the unatoned slaughter of her uncle; he meets her seven brothers, who will hear of no satisfaction; there is a fight; Helmer kills six, You Didnt Have To Be So Nice - The Lovin Spoonful - The Very Best Of The Lovin Spoonful spares the seventh, who treacherously kills him.
The ballad has been sung for a long time in Liddesdale and Eskdale, and Frank Kidson noted a set from a Mrs Calvert of Gilnockie—he same Gilnockie that is close to Willie Beattie's home and which is mentioned in the ballad of Johnny Armstrong. From the singing of Mrs. Lola Stanley, Fayettville, Arkansas on 30 December Scott says that the ballad refers to a duel fought between John Scott of Tushielaw and his brother-in-law Walter Scott of Thirlestane in which the latter was slain. It is also known as Fair Willie Drowned in Yarrow.
However the story also occurs in the Scandinavian ballad Herr Helmer and in various others. This version is a continuation of its The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow - Gary & Vera Aspey - Seeing Double . What I like about the Ozark version is the simplicity of her actions as she lowers him into the grave. He commented in the album's booklet:. The haunting tune is from the singing of Jessie MacDonald and was collected by Peter Hall on one of his field recording expeditions.
This track was also included in on her Borealis anthology Threshold. He noted:. Yarrow is the name of a river in south west Scotland, which has given rise to a prodigious number of epic ballads, of which this one is the best known. The ballad seems to have been with me ever since I got interested in folk song in Sheffield in the early 60s, where Ill Be Back - Stars On 45 - Stars On 45 academic friend gave me a copy of Beattie's Border Balladswhich I still have, and that's the text I use.
There lived a lady in the north, You could scarcely find her marrow, She was courted by nine noblemen And her ploughman boy o' Yarrow. In Thurrow town there lived a maid, Ye scarce could find her marrow, And she's forsook nine noblemen For a ploughboy lad frae Yarrow. Her faither he got word o' that And he's bred a' her sorrow; He sent him forth to fight wi' nine On the dowie dens o' Yarrow.
She's washed his face and she's kaimed his hair As she's aft done before-O, And she's made him look a knight sae fine Rollin - The Brand New Funk - 2000 a.d Funk blasPhemy fecht for her on Yarrow.
As he came ower yon high, high hills And doon yon path sae narrow, There he spied nine noblemen For to fight with him on Yarrow. Did ye come here tae borrow? Or did ye come tae wield yer brand On the dowie dens o' Yarrow? But I am come tae wield my brand On the dowie dens o' Yarrow! But I will fecht while last my breath On the dowie dens o' Yarrow. And three he slew and three they flew And three he's wounded sairly, Till her brither John stood up behind And ran his body thorough.
As he gaed ower yon high, high hills And doon yon path sae narrow, There he spied his sister dear She was coming fast for Yarrow. I dreamt that your were spilling blood In the dowie dens o' Yarrow. I dream'd that I pu'd heather bells On the dowie dens o' Yarrow. Your true-love John lies dead and gone And a bloody corpse on Yarrow. For your ain true love is pale and wan On the dowie dens o' Yarrow. As she gaed up yon high high hill And doon the houms o' Yarrow, 'T was there she saw her ain true love Lying pale and wan on Yarrow.
She's washed him in a clear well-strand, She's dried him wi' the hollan. Now this fair maid's hair was three-quarters long And the colour of it was yellow. She tied it roond his middle small, As she's carried him hame tae Yarrow.
Her hair it being three quarters lang, The colour it being yellow. She's tied it roond his middle sae small And she's bore him doon tae Yarrow. But a fairer floo'er there never bloomed Than my ploughman boy o' Yarrow. Ye may wed your sons, but ye'll ne'er wed The bonny lass of Thurrow. She kissed his cheeks, she kissed his hair, As she had done before o And gied him a brand doon by his side An he's awa tae Yarrow. So he's gan up yon Tennies Bank A wite he gaed wi sorrow [i. I know he gaed An there he met nine armed men [spied nine In the dowie dens o Yarrow.
So four he's hurt an five he's slain In the bloody dens o Yarrow, Till a cowardly man cam him behind An he's pierced It Will Happen Tonight - Intestinal Disgorge - Depravity body through o. So he's gane up yon high, high hill As he had done before o An there he met his sister dear, She wis comin fast tae Yarrow. I dreamt I pulled the birk sae green, or: I dreamt that I wis pu'in heather bells On the dowie dens o Yarrow.
Traditional Sound Discogr. A bit of non-musical advertisement for very talented students of my department. Goldstein commented in the album's booklet: Child printed nineteen texts of this beautiful Scottish tragic ballad, the oldest dating from Write You Off (Remix) - Laughing Stock - Fading Scars 18 th century.
She noted: One of the many versions of a ballad which has retained its popularity in the oral tradition in Scotland. The original album's notes commented: The Yarrow valley runs from the Border hills south of Edinburgh to join the river Tweed near Selkirk.
The album's sleeve notes commented: Arguably one of the finest of the Border Ballads. She noted: From the singing of Mrs. He noted: Yarrow is the name of a river in south west Scotland, which has given rise to a prodigious number of epic ballads, of which this one is the best known.
He noted: This border ballad has the lot: love, class discrimination, family dispute and murder.
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