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Auld Lang Syne / lyrics wav mp3 video

December 30, 2009

Our old friend Bobbob_dylan_image Dylan has cited Scottish poet and songwriter, Robert Burns,robert20burns41 as his major influence.

The Lychen singers, give us a lusty rendering of the most famous song in the world – Auld Lang Syne…  written by Robert Burns. Why is it the most famous song in the world? Because on Millenium Night, Year 2000, it was sung, nation by nation, all the way across the planet, in a massive, twelve hour Mexican wave. When will that happen again? And, yes, I am totally biased.

 

Scotland featuring Alan Mars, Harriet Anderson and the ancient Lychen swamp people!

AULD LANG SYNE

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

Chorus: For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne, We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll be your pint stoup,
And surely I’ll be mine,
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

Chorus

We twa hae ran about the braes,
And pou’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit
Sin’ auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn
Frae morning sun til dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

Chorus

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine,
And we’ll tak a right gude willie waught
For auld lang syne!

Chorus

Meaning of unusual words:
Auld lang syne = Old long since (old time’s sake)
jo = dear
stoup = tankard
gowans = daisies
braid = broad
Gude willie waught = a friendly drink and blether


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Wild Mountain Thyme. Sussex Harp. lyrics Youtube

December 30, 2009

Wild Mountain Thyme – lyrics, sound & Youtube

1. Oh, the summer time is come
And the trees are sweetly blooming,
And the wild mountain thyme
grows around the blooming heather.

Chorus:
Will you go, lassie, go?
And we’ll all go together
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the blooming heather,
Will you go lassie, go?

2. I will build my love a bower
By yon clear and crystal fountain,
And on it I will pile
All the flowers of the mountain.

Chorus

3. I will range through the wild
And the deep glen sae dreary
And return wi’ my spoils
To the bower of my Dearie

Chorus

4. If my true love, she were gone
Then I’d surely find another
Where the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather.

Oh, the summer time is come
And the trees are sweetly blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Grows around the blooming heather.

Contact: Alan Mars on 01273 747 289 or 07930 323 057

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Harp, Flute, Song in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex contact details

June 8, 2009

Harp, Flute, Song, Dance in Brighton East Sussex 

Contact - Email, Mobile & Landline

 

 

 

Please contact Alan Mars on:-

alan.mars@yahoo.co.uk

07930 323 057

01273 747 289

 

 

 

 

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Oor Hamlet. Adam McNaughtan + Lyrics & sound

June 7, 2009

“Oor Hamlet” by Adam McNaughtan

synopsis summary Lyrics and soundfile

There was this king nodding
In his garden all alane
When his brither in his ear dropped
A wee tait of henbane
Then he stole his brother's crown
And his money and his widow
But the dead king walked and got his son
And said,"Now listen, kiddo

I've been killed and it's your duty
To take revenge on Claudius
Kill him quick and clean and show
The nation what a fraud he is
The boy says, "Right, I'll do it
But I'll have to play it crafty
So that nobody will suspect me
I'll kid on that I'm a dafty

So wi all except Horatio
(and he trusts him as a friend)
Hamlet - that's the kid
He kids on he's round the bend
And because he's not yet willing
For obligatory killing
He tried to make his uncle think
He's tuppence off the shilling

Took the mickey oot Polonius
Treated poor Ophelia vile
And told Rosencrantz and Gildenstern
that Denmark's blooded bile
Then a troup of traveling actors
Like the 784
Arrived to do a special one night
Gig in Elsinore

Hamlet, Hamlet, acting balmy
Hamlet, Hamlet, loves his mommy
Hamlet, Hamlet, hesitating
Wonders if the ghost's a fake
And that is why he's waiting

Then Hamlet wrote a scene for
The players to enact
While Horatio and him would watch
To see if Claudius cracked
The play was called "the Mousetrap"
(not the one that's running noo)
And sure enough, the King walked out
Before the scene was through.

So Hamlet's got the proof that Claudius
Gived his dad the dose
The only problem being now that
Claudius knows he knows
So while Hamlet tells his ma that her
New husband's not a fit man
Uncle Claud puts out a contract with
The English king as hit man

Then when Hamlet killed Polonius
The concealed corpus delecti
Was the King's excuse to send for
An English hempen necktie
With Rosencrantz and Gildenstern
To make sure he got there
But Hamlet jumped the boat and put
The finger straight on that pair

Meanwhile Laertes heard his dad had been
Stabbed thru the arras
He came racing back to Elsinore
Toute-suite, Hot foot from Paris
And Ophelia with her dad killed by
The man she wished to marry
After saying it with flowers
She commited hari-kari

Hamlet, Hamlet, there's no messin'
Hamlet, Hamlet, Learned his lesson
Hamlet, Hamlet, Yorick's crust
Convinced him that men, good or bad,
At last must come to dust

Then Laertes lost the place and was
Demanding retribution
But the king said, keep the head and
I'll provide you a solution
And he arranged a sword-fight with
The interested parties
With a blunted sword for Hamlet and
A sharp sword for Laertes

And to make things double sure
The old belt and braces line
He fixed up a poison sword tip and
A poisoned cup of wine
And the poisoned sword got Hamlet
But Laertes went and muffed it
Cause he got stabbed himself and he
Confessed before he snuffed it

Then Hamlet's mummy drank the wine and
As her face turned blue
Hamlet says, "I quite believe
The King's a baddy through and through
Incestuous, treacherous, damned Dane
He said, to be precise,
And made up for hesitating by
Killing Claudius twice

He stabbed him with the sword and forced
The wine between his lips
Then he said, the rest is silence
And he cashed in all his chips
They fired a volley over him that
Shook the topmost rafter
And then Fortinbras, knee-deep in Danes
Lived happily ever after

Hamlet, Hamlet, end of story
Hamlet, Hamlet, very gory
Hamlet, Hamlet, I'm away
If you think this is boring
You should read the bloody play
Short humorous autobiography of Adam McNaughton:-

I, Adam McNaughtan, being of sound mind...continued here

Mp3 sampleof Adam McNaughton singing "Oor Hamlet"
http://www.codamusic.co.uk/mp3/1026_000100010033.mp3

From the album:-
The Words I Used to Know
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YELLOW’S ON THE BROOM – lyrics and sound file

June 6, 2009

YELLOW ON THE BROOM  – lyrics and sound file

A beautiful song by Adam McNaughton about the Scottish travelling folk called “the Yellow’s on the Broom” .

The narrator in the song recounts the travelling folks miseries when they forced to live a Scaldie’s (settled house-dweller) life during the winter months. The narrator looks forward keenly to the springtime when the “gan aboot folk” can take the road once more and live in the “worlds room”. For the narrator the world’s room is synonymous with liberation, belonging and being in charge of ones fate.

You can download a short mp3 clip of Adam MacNaughton singing the “Yellow on the Broom”  from his album “The Words That I Used To Know” by following this link to Coda Music.

And here are the lyrics as I recall them:

YELLOW ON THE BROOM

I ken ye dinna like it lass, tae winter here in toon.
The scaldies (settled/town folk) aye miscry us and try to put us doon
And it’s hard to raise three bairns in a single flea-box room
But I’ll tak ye on the road again, when yellow’s on the broom.

CHORUS: When yellow’s on the broom x 2
I’ll tak ye on the road again (last line of verse)
When yellow’s on the broom.

The scaldies cry us “tinker dirt” and sconce oor bairns in school
But who cares what a scaldy thinks, for a scaldy’s but a fool.
They never heard the yorlin’s lark nor see the flax in bloom
For they’re aye cooped up in hooses, when yellow’s on the broom.

Nae sales for pegs or baskets noo, so just tae stay alive
We’ve had tae tak on scaldy jobs from eight o’clock til five.
But we call nae man oor master for we own the worlds room
And we’ll bid farewell tae Brechin when yellow’s on the broom.

I’m weary for the springtime when we tak the road ance mair
Tae the plantin’ and the pearlin’ and the berry fields o’ Blair
We’ll meet up wi’ oor kinfolk frae a’ the country roon
When the gan aboot folks tak the road, when yellow’s on the broom.

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Gay Gordons – Brighton & Hove Ceilidh

April 24, 2009

Brighton Fringe Festival Ceilidh & Barn Dance 

@ the Brunswick Monday 11th May.  Details @ bottom of post…

Everyone stand in a circle. All facing anti-clockwise. Lady is on right-hand side of the gentleman.
Hold left hand in left hand. The gentleman puts his right arm over the lady’s shoulder. Lady raises her right hand to hold gentleman’s right hand (look at the clip!)
Take 4 steps forwards and then a 180 degree turn and, continuing in the same anti-clockwise direction, take 4 steps backwards (Yes, I know – just look at the clip!)
Now take 4 steps forwards in a clockwise direction, a 180 degree turn, and then 4 steps backwards in a clockwise direction.
The lady gently twirls under the gentlemans hand.
Then turn together in waltz hold.
Repeat!

Venue: The Brunswick, 1 Holland Rd, Hove BN3 1JF
01273 733 984  venue@brunswickpub.co.uk

Date:
Monday 11th May 2009

Time: 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start

Tickets & Booking: please contact the Brunswick or pay at the door

Ticket Price: £8

Brighton & Hove Ceilidh & barn dance with Celtic Cadences. 
Contact Alan Mars:
alan.mars@yahoo.co.uk
07930 323 057 or 01273 747 289

 

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Circassian Circle – Brighton & Hove Ceilidh

April 24, 2009

Brighton Fringe Festival Ceilidh & Barn Dance 

@ the Brunswick Monday 11th May.  Details @ bottom of post…


Large circle all facing inwards.
All advance 4 steps in and then retire 4 steps. Repeat.
Ladies advance and retire by 4 steps.
Gentlemen advance 4 steps, turn round & walk to next lady clockwise.
All turn new partner.
Promenade with new partner around the room.
Repeat from beginning.

Venue: The Brunswick, 1 Holland Rd, Hove BN3 1JF
01273 733 984  venue@brunswickpub.co.uk

Date:
Monday 11th May 2009

Time: 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start

Tickets & Booking: please contact the Brunswick or pay at the door

Ticket Price: £8

Brighton & Hove Ceilidh & barn dance with Celtic Cadences. 
Contact Alan Mars:
alan.mars@yahoo.co.uk
07930 323 057 or 01273 747 289

 

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