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Davey 05 Jan 06 - 11:43 PM
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GUEST,RIVERBOAT ANNIE 06 Jan 06 - 11:01 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: Davey
Date: 05 Jan 06 - 11:43 PM

Looking for the lyrics to Martinmass Wind as recorded by John Renbourn on his 'Ship of Fools' album.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: Peace
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 06:02 PM

You can hear it here: http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:3lHsuNmrVZ0J:www.rounder.com/%3Fid%3Dalbum.php%26catalog_id%3D4182+%22martinmass+wind%22,+lyr


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: Peace
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 08:26 PM

SORRY. It's just a 30-second sound clip. My apologies.
I was unable to access the mp3 when I posted the link.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: Peace
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 08:34 PM

Do you--or does anyone--have a few lines from the song? The title is getting me nowhere fast.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: GUEST,RIVERBOAT ANNIE
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 11:01 PM

Martinmas wind, when wilt thou blow,
    And shake the green leaves off the tree?
O gentle death, when wilt thou come?
    For of my life I am weary.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: GUEST,riverboat annie (whispering)
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 11:05 PM

"It fell aboot the Martinmas
When nichts are lang and mirk
That the wife's three sons cam hame
And their hats were o the birk."
-- "The Wife of Usher's Well"

"It was in and about the Martinmas time,
When the green leaves were a-falling,
That Sir John Graeme, in the West country,
Fell in love with Barbara Allen."
-- "Barbara Allen"

"It fell upon a Martinmas time,
When the nobles were a' drinking wine,
That Little Mushiegrove to the kirk he did go,
For to see the ladies come in."
-- one of the innumerable versions of "Matty Groves"

"O Martinmas wind, when wilt thou blaw,
And shake the green leaves off the tree!
O gentle Death, when wilt thou come?
For of my life I am wearie!"
-- "Waly, Waly"

"It fell about the Martinmas,
When the wind blew shrill and cauld,
Said Edom o' Gordon to his men,
We maun draw to a hald."
-- "Edom o' Gordon"

"It fell about the Martinmas tyde,
When our Border steeds get corn and hay,
The Captain of Bewcastle bound him to ryde,
And he 's ower to Tividale to drive a prey."
-- "Jamie Telfer"

"It fell upon the Martinmas time,
When the snow lay on the border
There came a troop of soldiers here
To take up their winter quarters."
--- "Martinmas Time"

"It fell aboot the Martinmas time,
And a fine time it was then O.
That oor gudewife got puddens to mak'
And she boiled them in a pan O."
--- "Get Up and Bar the Door"

"T'was in the merry month of May
When flowers had clad the landscape gay
To Ellon Fair I bent my way
With hopes to find amusement.

"A scrankie chiel to me cam near
And quickly he began to spier
If I wid for the neist half year
Engage to be his servant.

"'I'll need you as my orra loon
Four poun' ten I will lay doon
To you, when Martinmas comes roon
To close out your engagement.'"
--- "Ellon Fair"

"Sae I fell tae my wark, an' I pleased richt weel,
A word or a wave and I plied hand and heel;
But my troubles cam" on, for the fences were bad,
An' the midsummer fleas made the cattle rin mad,
And in cauld blasty weather sair drenched wi' the rain,
Whiles wee thochts o' leavin' wad steal o'er my brain;
But with courage I dashed aye the tear fae my e'e
When I thocht o' my shoon an' my five shilling fee.

"An' Martinmas brought me my lang wished-for store,
And proudly I counted it twenty times o'er,
Noo years hae fled by in a joyful train,
But I never experienced sic raptures again.
The sailor just safe through the wild breakers steered,
Proud Waterloo's victor when Blucher appeared,
Ne'er felt as I felt when I placed on the knee
Of a fond-hearted mother my five shilling fee."
-- "The Five Shilling Fee"

Merry Martinmas, everybody!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: Peace
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 11:06 PM

Hi, RB A.

What you have quoted is a half a stanza from "Waly Waly". I think that's not what Davey wants. However, I have been wrong before.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: Peace
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 11:09 PM

Sorry. Cross-posted.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jan 06 - 11:13 PM

play the fiddle tune "southwind" voila! the melody...


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARTINMAS WIND (John Renbourn)
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 07:15 AM

From John Renbourn's Ship of Fools
Words attributed to Renbourn, although much is derived from trad. sources. Gorgeous instrumentation!

Oh, Martinmas wind when wilt thou blow
And banish the Martinmas rain
Oh that my love were in my arms
And I in my bed once again

For the river runs deep and the river runs wide
That carries my own love away
And alone I must bide by the black waterside
No more can I bid him stay.

Cold mountains are here all around me
Cold waters that roll down the stream
And I think in my sleep that I see you
To find that it's only a dream

For I leaned my back against an oak,
And thought it a trusty tree
But first it bent and then it broke
And so did my love to me

Oh that I'd known 'fore I kissed you
Your love would be so hard to win
I'd have locked up my heart in a casket of gold
Made fast with a bright silver pin

But if only fine wishes were brought with the rain
To choose among all earthly things
I would wish for my true love to sail back again
Borne home on the Martinmas wind

Oh, Martinmas wind when wilt thou blow
And banish the Martinmas rain
Oh that my love were in my arms
And I in my bed once again


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 02:56 PM

Today's useless information - Martinmass is mid November, St Martin's day is the 11th.

There is a legend associated with the spell of warm weather that usually occurs at this time.

When Bishop Martin of Tours died he was away from his abbey. His body was carried along the river to Tours to be buried there. As the barge floated towards the abbey, all the bushes and trees along the banks burst into bloom to honour him. He was later canonised and became St Martin of Tours.

The spell of settled weather is known as St Martins' Summer and quite often is warm enough to set late roses into bloom. Martinmass wind is the first of the colder winds that breaks the settled period and heralds in Winter.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: GUEST,Uncle Jaque
Date: 07 Jan 06 - 10:01 PM

When I went to open that sound clip, it came over as "hurl.exe" - very suspicious, if you ask me! (I did not download it - sure doesn't sound like a "music" file!)

Looks like an interesting group, though.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmass Wind
From: Davey
Date: 08 Jan 06 - 12:43 AM

Thank you all for your contributions. Animaterra, thanks for the lyrics. Peace, thanks for your postings. I had already visited the site with the sound byte and found, as youi did, that it's only 30 sec. long.
LTS, thanks for the informative 'useless' information you posted. I didn't know any of that background to the origin of Martinmass.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Martinmas Wind (John Renbourn)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jan 06 - 03:08 PM

I've been trying to find the words to this song for years! No matter how many times I played the cd I couldn't understand the middle verses. Thanks so much, Barbara


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