O'er the Hills and O'er the Main
Posted by Caroline on November 18, 1997 at 12:30:35:
In response to Over the Hills and Far Away, written by Elizabeth Rose on November 17, 1997 at 19:32:37
The Digital Tradition doesn't really like to be linked, so if you want to read the words, and hear them played, then you'll have to do this the long way. In fact the tune is the same in each one, and not very inspired sounding. It can be played in a much brisker manner.
(Digital tradition, also playable)
This is the Beggar's Opera version.(1729? He died in '32)
This is as close as you can get to the words that Emma and Frank sing in Emma3.
Digital Tradition- military version (Queen Anne commands.....)(also playable)
This is pretty close to the words used by Dominic Muldowney for "Sharpe". I don't know if DM wrote the words of the closing song especially for the series...I suspect that he did, because they fit too closely with the individual stories to be co-incidental.
The official Sharpe website has the exact words used in the series- again I don't have linking permission(yet)
Digital tradition-broad Scots version from 1619.This is Tom the Piper's son.(playable)
Digital Tradition- Beating the French in Ohio (Burl Ives version?)1940's (playable)
This is the song I learned as a child, repeated exactly in the "Oxford book of Nursery Rhymes" which comes with lovely woodcuts of Tom with 1820's clothing on. Same tune, for me, anyway. The book also has five more verses.
Tom, he was a piper's son,
He learned to play when he was young,
But all the tune that he could play,
Was "Over the hills and far away"
Over the Hills and a great way off,
The wind shall blow my top-knot off.
I have a feeling that I have a lot more to learn about this song.
Hope that makes sense, Lizzie!
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