Mudcat Café message #1343401 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #45769   Message #1343401
Posted By: Joe Offer
30-Nov-04 - 01:06 PM
Thread Name: Origins: All Through The Night / Ar Hyd Y Nos
Subject: RE: VersionAdd: All Through The Night/Ar Hyd Y Nos
In another thread, Ferrara pointed out that the Rise Up Singing songbook has the words wrong, using the rather redundant phrase "in slumber sleeping." I found several other songbooks AND the Digital Tradition had "slumber sleeping," but I did find one or two books with "steeping," and I have to say it makes more sense - and better poetry.

I have always sung it wrong - "slumber sleeping" - because I learned it from the Peter, Paul and Mommy album that way. Turns out that PP&M sang it "steeping," and I misheard them. We've found PP&M guilty of Mondegreens before (Sometime Lovin'), but not this time.

So if you wanna sound erudite like Peter, Paul and Mary, sing "steeping." Ferrara will love you for it. [grin]

-Joe Offer, who learns something new every day-