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Posted By: Steve Gardham
03-Aug-12 - 01:52 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Barry Bulletin 12, p12
Sung by Mr Edward Cassity, of cambridge, Mass, age 82, formerly boatswain of the barque Coriolanus, rec 1936.

Do you need the tune?

Text of 1stv under dots is
As I stept out one morning
It was in the month of May,
I saw a pretty country girl,
And her clothing was so gay.
Sing blow ye winds of the morning,
Blow ye winds I ho.
Clear away the morning dew
And blow ye wild winds blow.

Printed text
1
As I walked out one morning
Within the month of May;
I saw a pretty country lass,
And her clothing was so gay.
Singing, Blow ye winds of the morning,
Blow ye winds I O,
Clear away the morning dew,
And blow ye wild winds blow.

2
Said I, 'My pretty fair maid,
Where are you going this way?'
She looked me in the face and smiled,
And swiftly sped away.

3
I quickly followed after her
And caught her by the hand;
Says I, 'My pretty fair maid,
Now let us understand'.

In the notes Barry asserts the text and tune are close to the version in Whall, which would tie in with Cassity's sea-going life.

The Green Mountain Songster version is repeated in Flanders Vol III p90. 9double stanzas, no chorus. Largely follows Child D and probably close to one of the many British broadside versions.