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GUEST,dulcimer 26 Oct 00 - 06:37 PM
GUEST,dulcimer 26 Oct 00 - 09:51 PM
Malcolm Douglas 26 Oct 00 - 09:58 PM
Malcolm Douglas 26 Oct 00 - 10:01 PM
GUEST,dulcimer 27 Oct 00 - 08:09 AM
Alan of Australia 15 Dec 00 - 10:02 PM
GUEST,Reiver 2 10 Aug 01 - 10:39 AM
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Subject: Black Family Ploughboy Lads
From: GUEST,dulcimer
Date: 26 Oct 00 - 06:37 PM

I'm slow sometimes getting around to some of the music I have recorded off the air, but I just hear this one by the Black Family. I've searched to DT and past Threads and not seem to found specifically lyrics, tune or discussion of this song.


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Subject: Black Family's Ploughboy Lads
From: GUEST,dulcimer
Date: 26 Oct 00 - 09:51 PM

I would like to have the lyrics and tune if possible.


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Subject: Lyr Add: PLOUGHBOY LADS and WHEN I WAS NOU BUT ...
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 26 Oct 00 - 09:58 PM

This is the song as sung by the Black family:


THE PLOUGHBOY LADS

Ah well I was na but sweet sixteen
With beauty chance a blooming oh
It's little little did I think
At nineteen I'd be grieving oh

Chorus:

Well the ploughboy lads they're all brau lads
But they're false and they're deceiving oh
They'll take your all and they'll gang away
And leave the lassies greetin' oh

Ah well I was fond of company
And I gave the ploughboy freedom oh
To kiss and clap me in the dark
When all me friends were sleeping oh

Well if I did know what I know now
And I took me mothers biddin' oh
I wouldn't be sittin' by our fireside
Crying hush a ba my baby oh

Well it's hush a ba for I'm your ma
But the Lord knows who's your daddy Oh
And I'll take care and I'll beware
Of the ploughboys in the gloaming oh


They learnt the song from the Scottish singer, Jeannie Robertson, but changed it around a bit. Here is her version:


WHEN I WAS NOU BUT SWEET SIXTEEN

When I was nou but sweet sixteen,
In beauty jist in bloomin' O;
0 little, little did I think
At nineteen I'd be greetin' O.

Refrain:

O the plooman lads, they're gey weel lads,
They're false and deceivin' O;
They sail awa' and they gang awa'
And they leave their lassies greetin' O.

O hishie ba, O I'm your ma,
But the Lord kens fa's your daddie O;
For I wouldnae be sittin' at your fireside
Cryin' hishie ba, my bairnie O.

For if I hadda kent whit I dae ken,
An' taen my mither's biddin' O,
I wouldnae be sittin' at your fireside
Cryin' hishie ba, my bairnie O.


I'll send a midi of Jeannie's tune to Alan'sMudcat Midi Pages, but it may take some time to appear there.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Family's Ploughboy Lads
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 26 Oct 00 - 10:01 PM

Please ignore the above link, which goes nowhere.  It should be:  Mudcat Midi Pages


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Family's Ploughboy Lads
From: GUEST,dulcimer
Date: 27 Oct 00 - 08:09 AM

Thanks very much.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Family's Ploughboy Lads
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 15 Dec 00 - 10:02 PM

G'day,
Thanks to Malcolm the tune for "Ploughboy Lads" can be found here at the Mudcat MIDI site.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Black Family's Ploughboy Lads
From: GUEST,Reiver 2
Date: 10 Aug 01 - 10:39 AM

I found a CD called Classic Irish Love Songs that has the Black Family singing "The Ploughboy Lads. Beautiful melody but I've been unable to make out all of the words.

I looked in the DigiTrad data base and didn't find it and I was just preparing to start a new thread asking for the lyrics. Then I searched the threads and found just what I was looking for right here. Many thanks, Malcolm, for posting both versions. It renews my belief that if you can't find anything about a song at the Mudcat Cafe, it doesn't exist!


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