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Penguin: The Golden Vanity

18 Feb 00 - 05:28 PM (#180919)
Subject: Penguin: The Golden Vanity ^^^
From: Alan of Australia

G'day,
From the Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs, Ed Pellow's rendition of the tune of The Golden Vanity (Child #286) can be found here.

THE GOLDEN VANITY
Sung by W. Bolton, Southport, Lancs. (A.G.G. 1906)

It's I've got a ship in the north country,
Down in the Lowlands low,
And I fear she may be took by the Spanish enemy,
As she sails on the Lowland sea,
As she sails in the Lowlands low.

And up then stepped a little cabin boy,
Down in the Lowlands low,
Saying: 'What'll you give me if I do them destroy,
And sink them in the Lowland sea,
And sink them in the Lowlands low?'

'Oh, I'll give you silver and likewise gold,
Down in the Lowlands low,
And my only daughter for to be your bride,
If you'll sink them in the Lowland sea,
If you'll sink them in the Lowlands low.'

'Oh wrap me up in my black bear skin,
Down in the Lowlands low,
And heave me overboard for to sink or to swim,
And I'll sink them in the Lowland sea,
I'll sink them in the Lowlands low.'

Now some was playing cards and the others playing dice,
Down in the Lowlands low,
And the boy had an auger, bored two holes at once,
And he sunk them in the Lowland sea,
And he sunk them in the Lowlands low.

He leaned upon his breast and he swum back again,
Down in the Lowlands low,
Saying: 'Master, take me up, for I'm sure I will be slain,
And I've sunk her in the Lowland sea,
And I've sunk her in the Lowlands low.'

'I'll not take you up,' the master he cried,
Down in the Lowlands low,
'But I'll shoot you and kill you and send you with the tide,
And I'll drown you in the Lowland sea,
And I'll drown you in the Lowlands low.'

He leaned upon his breast and swum round the larboard side,
Down in the Lowlands low,
'0 messmates, take me up for I fear I will be slain,
And I've sunk her in the Lowland sea,
And I've sunk her in the Lowlands low.'

His messmates took him up, and on the deck he died,
Down in the Lowlands low,
And they wrapped him up in an old cow's hide,
And they sunk him in the Lowland sea,
And sunk him in the Lowlands low.

Other versions of The Golden Vanity can be found in the DT. Do a search for #286.

Previous song: George Collins.
Next Song: The Green Bed.


Cheers,
Alan

^^^ <------- OK, Own up, who did that??????


Joe Offer, who else?
This one is in the database in NINE versions, but it's nice that you're complete, Alan. I gave in and harvested it, anyhow.
-Joe-


18 Feb 00 - 05:30 PM (#180920)
Subject: RE: Penguin: The Golden Vanity
From: wysiwyg

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18 Feb 00 - 07:54 PM (#180990)
Subject: RE: Penguin: The Golden Vanity
From: Amos

Interesting variant.

I've song a different version for years and yeears and always treasured it as a favorite.

Thanks for the smile.

A