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Song for today

Back about 1975 I first heard this song, played on a progressive music station in Oklahoma City...and it haunted me.  It's by a group that I really came to love for their folk pop interpretations of traditional folk music of the British Isles.  The refrain from this one stuck in my head for years before I finally found the title and the words and which album it was on.






Here's my sheep-crook and my black dog,
I give it to you,
Here's my bag and my budget,
I bid it adieu,
Here's my sheep-crook and my black dog
I leave them behind,
Fine laurel, fine floral,
You've proved all unkind.

All to my dear Dinah these words did I say,
Tomorrow we'll be married love, tomorrow is the day
'Tis too soon dear Willy, my age is too young,
One day to our wedding is one day too soon.

I'll go into service if the day ain't to late,
To wait on a fine lady, it is my intent,
And when into service a year or two bound,
It's then we'll get married and both settle down.

A little time after a letter was wrote,
To see if my Dinah had changed here mind,
But she wrote that she's led such a contrary life,
She said that she'd never be a young shepherd's wife.

Here's my sheep-crook and my black dog,
I give it to you,
Here's my bag and my budget,
I bid it adieu,
Here's my sheep-crook and my black dog
I leave them behind,
Fine laurel, fine floral,
You've proved all unkind
 

 

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ironyjones
Nov. 21st, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
I really like this...I'm going to have to check out more of their stuff. :)
knittingknots
Nov. 21st, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
They do a lot of good stuff. My favorite pieces of theirs are: Black Jack Davy, Lovely on the Water, All Around My Hat, and the Boys of Bedlam...they did a bunch of albums over the years, pretty much all arrangements of old/traditional songs.
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