You cannot keep a good tune down.....
Posted by Caroline on September 06, 1998 at 14:40:29:
In response to Another "Water Wide" sound file..., written by The Mysterious H.C. on September 06, 1998 at 14:03:57
H.C., that's the version I learnt originally way back when I was about 7, thanks to the BBC(radio education section). The version at Mudcat is actually closer to what is perceived to be the "folk tradition"- same melody, slightly different rhythm, emphasis on the second phrase rather than the start or end of each line of the song.
It just goes to prove what I was saying about "Over the Hills and Far Away" and "Lillibulero" about six months ago- you cannot keep a good tune down! It surfaces , again, and again, in slightly different forms, all the time.
I tried singing "The Water is Wide" to the tune of "Fair and Tender Ladies", and it works very well. Again , it wouldn't be the first time in history that two songs have interchangable melody and lyrics.
All this makes me want to ask the Jane Austen Museum whether any folk songs turn up in her sheet music. They don't seem to turn up in the recorded works, but I suppose that could be the preferene of the Recording artists.
Somehow, I cannot see Jane not liking them..she seems to have had a wide range of musical taste. So maybe she just never played folk music, but left it for folk musicians. Or she knew the tunes so well that she didn't need the music for them. ;-)
- HC's tune Lesley 01:13:31 9/07/98 (3)
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