Songs for Jaimie
A birthday collection for Jaimie Legge
The songs in this
collection are intended for playing on the tenor recorder. Chords for
guitar accompaniment and lyrics for singing have also been provided (if
any exist). MIDI files for the songs are
given with the song notes below to offer more
indications of the timings and pitches, for people not confident in reading music.
The lyrics given here for this drinking song are a combined set derived from more than one version. Sources were Songs and Carols Now First Printed, From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century by Thomas Wright, The Percy Society, 1847, and Early English Lute Songs and Folk Songs by John Runge, Hargrail Music Press, 1959–1966.
Listen to Bryng Us in Good Ale as a MIDI file.
I learnt this song from
Carla Morris. The tune also works with the lyrics of the early
sixteenth century Corpus Christi Carol (Balliol College, Oxford, MS.
354), where 'Lully, lulley, lully, lulley,' and 'The faucon hath borne
my make away' replace the two repeating lines. The first verse works
best if one sings the two repeat lines together, then the rest of the
verse 'He bare him up; he bare him down; he bare him to an orchard
Listen to Down in Yon Forest as a MIDI file.
This version, with the 'greenback dollar' reference appears to be from the 1930s, but the song itself is older.
Listen to East Virginia as a MIDI file.
The origin of this song is Irish, but the one in my head is a mix of the Joan Baez and Simon and Garfunkel versions.
Listen to Fennario as a MIDI file.
The Mudcat folk song forum
has an excellent thread about the origins of this song.
Listen to Gypsy Rover as a MIDI file.
'Mr Howard' was the name Jesse James was living under at the time of his death.
Listen to Jesse James as a MIDI file.
This is an English country
dance. To make it playable on the recorder, I've shifted a few of the
bars down by one octave, to make the tune easier to play. This means
the tune is somewhat different, but will still sound good if you're
playing along with someone else using the traditional version. For that
version, see The Fiddler's Companion.
Listen to Linnen Hall as a MIDI file.
My mother sang this a lot when I was a
child. I loved the joke being based on how one word could mean assent
or dissent, depending on the question.
Listen to Oh, No, John as a MIDI file.
Unlike Greensleeves, there seems to be reasonable evidence that Henry VIII actually wrote this himself.
Listen to Pastime with Good Company as a MIDI file.
are many versions of the lyrics to this song (some fairly negative
towards Biddy McGee!), and I put this one together because I like the
idea of seven verses, finishing with the eleven children all fated to
continue the work. My three-year-old daughter enjoys helping to make up
Listen to Pat Works on the Railway as a MIDI file.
Nithart translates as
something like 'dark-soul'. He was one of the more famous minnesingers
in early Medieval Germany. I have not been able to find the original
lyrics for this yet.
Listen to Spring Song as a MIDI file.
I first learnt this song in German, as Sumer ist ins Land gekommen.
Listen to Sumer Is Icumen in as a MIDI file.
I learnt this song from Carla Morris.
Listen to The Trees They Grow High as a MIDI file.
is a translation of a Bohemian folksong, collected from Margaret Smith
in December 2005. More information about the song is available here. This version has been transposed
down to C to make it easier to play.
Listen to Under Our Cottage Window as a MIDI file.
I just love this one.
Listen to The Vicar of Bray as a MIDI file.The English translation of this is amazingly romanticised when one looks at the German.
Listen to Wiegenlied as a MIDI file.