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Thread #2903   Message #3865830
Posted By: Joe Offer
13-Jul-17 - 02:12 AM
Thread Name: Origins: John o' Dreams (Bill Caddick)
Subject: RE: Origins: John o' Dreams (Bill Caddick)
Well, lacking a Bill Caddick recording, let me post a transcription of Jean Redpath's recording. I've always appreciated Jean's scholarship.

JOHN O' DREAMS
(Bill Caddick)

When midnight comes and people homeward tread,
Seek now your blanket and your feather bed;
Home comes the rover, his journey's over.
Yield up the nighttime to old John o' Dreams,
Yield up the nighttime to old John o' Dreams.

Across the hills the sun has gone astray,
Tomorrow's cares are many dreams away;
The stars are flying, your candle's dying,
Yield up the darkness to old John o' Dreams,
Yield up the darkness to old John o' Dreams.

Both man and master in the night are one,
All things are equal when the day is done;
The Prince and Ploughman, the slave and freeman,
All find their comfort in old John o' Dreams,
All find their comfort in old John o' Dreams.

And when sleep comes, the dreams are running clear;
The hawks of morning cannot reach you here.
Sleep is a river, flows on forever,
And for your boatman choose old John o' Dreams,
And for your boatman choose old John o' Dreams.



Jean Redpath recording (from A Fine Song for Singing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9MsQ_vlHsY