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Lyr ADD: Lads o' the Fair (Brian McNeill)

10 Jun 97 - 04:56 PM (#6579)
Subject: Lyr Add: LADS O' THE FAIR (Brian McNeill)
From: LaMarca

Here's "Lads O' the Fair" by Brian McNeill (from memory; may be slightly folk processed as I'm American and have Anglo-Americanized some of the Scots):

Come, bonny lass, lie near me,
And let the brandy cheer ye,
For the road from Fife to Falkirk's long
And cold and wet and weary.
My trade, it is the weavin'
From the bonny toon (town) o' Levin (sp?) And we'll drink to the lads who'll buy our cloth
(or "drink a health to the farmer's wives"; can't remember which)
In Falkirk town, the morn.

CHORUS:

  • For you can see them now,
  • The lads o' the fair
  • Lads from the Forth and the Carron water,
  • Workin' lads and lads with gear,
  • Lads who'd sell ye the provost's daughter,
  • Soldiers back from the German wars,
  • Peddlars up from the borders,
  • And lassies wi' their eye on more than the kye (cattle),
  • At the trysting fair at Falkirk.

Come, Geordie, hold the pony,
For the path is steep and stony
And it's three long weeks from the Isle of Skye
And the beasts are thin and bony.
We'll take the last o' the siller (silver)
And we'll buy ourselves a gill or two
And we'll drink to the lads who'll buy our kye
In Falkirk town, the morn.

Stand here and I'll show ye,
There's the town below ye
But we'd best bide here in the barn tonight
For the nightwatch dinna know ye.
My brother, he's a ploughman,
And I'm for the feein' now, man,
So we'll drink to the price o' the harvest corn
In Falkirk town, the morn.

Oh, the work of the weaver's over,
Likewise, the days o' the drover
And the ploughboy sits on a tractor now,
Too high to smell the clover.
Oh, the workin's no so steady,
But the lads are ae still ready,
To drink a health to the working man
In Falkirk town the morn.


25 Nov 98 - 07:26 PM (#46812)
Subject: MUS ADD: Lads O' The Fair
From: John in Brisbane

Missing tune in DT:

Regards
John

MIDI file: lads_nu.mid

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04 Jun 00 - 02:22 PM (#238141)
Subject: Lads O'The Fair
From: GUEST,James H.

Could someone translate or perhaps explain some of the words and phrases in the Lads O'The Fair? My specifics are ~ what is "claith"? the meaning of "..selling the provost's dochter"? "siller" (silver)? "...kye"? ....for the feein' noo, man;" I would appreciate any help. Thanks.


04 Jun 00 - 02:58 PM (#238154)
Subject: RE: Lads O'The Fair
From: Susan of DT

claith = cloth = clothing
dochter = daughter
siller = silver = money
kye = cows
noo = now


04 Jun 00 - 04:08 PM (#238165)
Subject: RE: Lads O'The Fair
From: GUEST,Jim

'feeing' relates to the practice of taking (agricultural) service with someone for a pre-arranged fee as the singer's brother has done being a 'plooman' ploughman.


04 Jun 00 - 06:33 PM (#238195)
Subject: RE: Lads O'The Fair
From: GUEST,James H

Thanks, Jim and Susan, for your input. It clarifies things considerably.


04 Jun 00 - 06:33 PM (#238196)
Subject: RE: Lads O'The Fair
From: GUEST,James H

Thanks, Jim and Susan, for your input. It clarifies things considerably.


31 Aug 04 - 08:29 PM (#1261194)
Subject: Lads O' The Fair
From: Thomas the Rhymer

Written by Brian MacNeill...

So, my question is... when abouts did he pen this cool song?
ttr


31 Aug 04 - 11:09 PM (#1261276)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: DonMeixner

He left The Battlefield Band in 1990 so it was before that. He was born in 1950 so it was after that. Battlefield Band began around 1969 so my guess from this bit of deductive extrapolation indicates between 1970 and 1990. If I could only find the damn song book I'd tell you the copyright date.

Thomas go to the Millenium Stage web site and do a search on Brian. He does it on a bazouki in the concert they have in archive there. Along with a stack of other great stuff.

Don


31 Aug 04 - 11:20 PM (#1261279)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Dave Swan

Great song. I first heard it c.1980.

D


01 Sep 04 - 02:06 AM (#1261338)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Big Tim

I'd always thought it traditional: the mark of great writing.


01 Sep 04 - 04:25 PM (#1261900)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Thomas the Rhymer

It's sure to be... one day... but I'm not gonna wait around for it's inception into 'the hall of fame'...

Say... Don... I can't seem to find the performance... bonehead that I am... what am I missing?
ttr


01 Sep 04 - 07:19 PM (#1262081)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: DonMeixner

Hi Thomas

This can be a hard system to use.

http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/millennium/millennium.html?

Open the search with

1. Click on Music

2. Then on music styles click on other.

3. On continent click on Europe

4. On country click on Scotland

5. Click on search, # 5 is Brian McNeill and friends.

Its great.

Don


02 Sep 04 - 09:41 AM (#1262485)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Thomas the Rhymer

Wow! That site is fantastic! Thanks for the info, Don. It was wothy of updating my real player, and I did. I still find the site strangely layed out... but it's like being lost in a wonderland... everywhere ya turn, there's a gem!

Very Cool.
ttr


02 Sep 04 - 11:10 AM (#1262570)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Jeri

For the record, here's Brian McNeill's website (no lyrics, uses frames). Brian also played fiddle on Jed Marum's last CD "Soul of a Wanderer" and will be on Jed's next one, in progress.

Must bookmark the site Don gave. Looks like a fun place to play around in.


02 Sep 04 - 11:25 AM (#1262585)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Jeri

Hoping Don finds the damned songbook. The song was first recorded on the Battlefield Band's 'Home is Where the Van is', which came out in 1980. I was in the UK when it came out, and the album seemed to get a lot of air play.


02 Sep 04 - 11:37 AM (#1262598)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Wolfgang

I have that damn songbook, but not here right now. Look here early next week.

Wolfgang


02 Sep 04 - 02:12 PM (#1262763)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: DonMeixner

Damn that song book!


02 Sep 04 - 02:13 PM (#1262766)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Big Tim

"Sodgers back frae the German war" - what German War? (The Falkirk Tryst was finished before 1914, around 1900).


02 Sep 04 - 05:49 PM (#1262916)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: DonMeixner

The song book says it was Brian's first song. I assume they differentiate from instrumental melodies. The book was done in 1988 and it mentions the Falkirk Fair is still on today (88) but as a social event and not a cattle sale.

Don


02 Sep 04 - 05:49 PM (#1262917)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: DonMeixner

And Brian was born and raised in Falkirk


03 Sep 04 - 02:50 AM (#1263169)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Big Tim

Can't hold a man's birthplace against him!

An excellent book on the subject is A.R.B.Haldane's "The Drove Roads of Scotland", widely available.


03 Sep 04 - 08:50 PM (#1263878)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: DonMeixner

I just watched this show again on the Millenium Stage.   Anyone have a clue as to how his bazooky, bazooka, bouzouki is tuned?

Don


04 Sep 04 - 08:40 AM (#1264120)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Susanne (skw)

In the programm of the 1997 Scottish Folk Festival in germany, Brian mentions that the idea to the song came to him in the middle of making 'Home Is Where The Van Is'. I'd post the lyrics but I've got to hurry just now. Tonight, perhaps, if anyone wants them.


04 Sep 04 - 08:59 AM (#1264128)
Subject: Lyr Add: LADS O' THE FAIR (Brian McNeill)
From: DonMeixner

LADS O' THE FAIR
by Brian McNeill

Come bonnie lass, lie near me,
An let the brandy cheer ye
For the road frae Fife tae Falkirk's lang
An cauld an wet an weary
My trade it is the weavin'
In the bonnie toun o Leven
An we'll drink a health tae the farmers' dames
Wha'll buy our claith the morn.

You can see them aa, the lads o the fair
Lads frae the Forth an the Carron water
Workin lads an lads wi gear
Lads wha'd sell ye the provost's dochter
Sodjers back frae the German wars
Peddlers up frae the border
An lassies wi an eye for mair than the kye
At the trysting fair at Falkirk.

Come, Geordie, haud the pony,
For the path is steep an stony
An its three lang weeks frae the Isle o' Skye
An the beasts are thin an bony
We'll tak the last o the siller
An buy oursels a gill or two
An drink to the lads wha'll buy our kye
In Falkirk toun the morn

Staun hear an I'll show ye
There's the toun below ye
But we'd best bide here in the barn the nicht
For the nightwatch dinna know ye
My brother, he's a ploughman
An I'm for the feeing now, man
An we'll drink tae the price o the hairvest corn
In Falkirk toun the morn.

The wark o the weaver's over
Likewise the days o the drover
An the ploughboy sits on a tractor nou
Too high to see the clover
The warkin's no sae steady,
But the lads are aye still ready
Tae drink a health tae the working man
In Falkirk toun the morn.


04 Sep 04 - 10:31 AM (#1264167)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Jeri

Also in the DT. See DigiTrad links at top of page.

I also note it doesn't have a tune?

Jeri,
(who has recently acquired 2 new opportunities for earrings)


04 Sep 04 - 11:32 PM (#1264516)
Subject: RE: Lads O' The Fair
From: Nerd

If Susanne is right, he must have written it in 1979 or 1980. Is that specific enough for your needs, TTR?