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Thread #36537   Message #505178
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
12-Jul-01 - 03:03 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Fine Flowers in the Valley / Cruel Mother
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: lyrics to'Fine flowers in the valley
I hadn't come across Shantalla before; it's a rather nice arrangement of the song.  Thanks to Brian for the link.  For Laurence's benefit, I'll explain that Professor Child (English and Scottish Popular Ballads) gave the Cruel Mother group of songs his number #20; the version Shantalla has recorded is the one he published as Version B; it was originally printed, with music, in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum (1787-1803).  Kat's link above goes to a copy of that version.  The text Radriano has quoted above from Barbara Dickson is that version, too, though "twanged" should be "twinn'd" (i.e., "separated"), and Ms. Dickson has substituted "dug" for the original "howket", and "clothe" for "cleed".  There are a few additional, insignificant differences.  Shantalla stick very closely to the traditional text, though their singer sings "And there she's kissed her babe new-born" in the first verse.

I put a list of links to substantive material on various versions and relatives of this song here and at other sites, including Lesley Nelson's "Contemplator", in this previous thread:  The Cruel Mother