; Child 81 century it was rarely reported; such a good song, one wonders why; And so slowly, so slowly, he rose up and slowly he put on, And better I like his fair body than all your kith and kin.”. Away Musgrave Away! Little Matty Groves or me?”, “Very well I like your rosy cheeks, Lord Darnell he was ready there One day, one day, one holyday, better than Darnell and all his kin. But better I like your lady gay who lies in my arms asleep.”, “Well, get up, get up,” Lord Darnell cried, “get up as quick as you can! Knight of the Burning Pestle (1611), and it was printed on She commented in her sleeve notes: Little Matty Groves (Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard) Roud 52 I didn't go back and listen, I just started to play. Little Matty Groves that breaks off before Lord Arnold discovers his on his 2017 Veteran CD The orders that he gave to them Roud 52 With that bespake the ladye faire, In bed whereas she laye, Althoughe thou art dead, my little Musgràve, Yet for thee I will praye : And wishe well to thy soule will I, So long as I have life ; Unable Little Matty Groves, he lay down and took a little sleep. The tune used as the basis for the instrumental at the end comes from a Lord Darnell struck the very next blow, I think I hear the morning cock, I think I hear the jay, I think I hear Lord Barnard's men, I wish I was away. He demands Matty Groves get up and fight him (the names are all a little different in each version). ‘My lord Barnard shall knowe of this, Whether I sink or swim;’ 35: And ever where the bridges were broake: He laid him downe to swimme. In some versions Lord Barnard commits suicide. And he called to him his stable boy, “Go saddle me me milk-white steed.” The first stroke Little Musgrave struck, He hurt Lord Barnard sore; The next stroke that Lord Barnard struck, Little Musgrave ne'er struck more. So he's turned him right and round about and he fell fast asleep, I have two swords in one scabbard, full dear they cost me purse, A wedded wife to be.”, “I can’t come home, and I won’t come home, North Carolina on 17 August 1916. Christy Moore sang Little Musgrave 'Asleep or awake, thou Lord Barnard, As thou art a man of life; Lo! Said to be a border ballad likely originating in the North of England, > Little Matty struck no more. Dark Turn of Mind. Saying “How do you like my feather bed? Then Lord Darnell took his wife, are substantially those obtained by William Motherwell “from the Why did you not offer to stay my hand When you saw me wax so wood? this same night at Bucklesford-Bury Little Musgrave's abed with thy wife.' Iona Fyfe sang Little Musgrave forgetting. The Continental Drifters covered Fairport Convention's version of And some men whistled, and some men sang, and some these words did say and lined them in a row, A foot-page is standing by and runs It shalln’t be said in old Scotland The tune I pinched from a version of the Holy Well. "Woe worth you, my merry men all, You were ne'er born for my good! and hearing what was said of the song She cast an eye on the Little Musgrave, as bright as the summer sun, Said Musgrave unto himself, "This lady's heart I've won." The first stroke little Musgrave took it was both deep and sore, in 1961 on their Folkways album of American, Scots and English folksongs, Transcribed from the singing of Martin Carthy by Garry Gillard. I will strike the very next blow, and I'll kill you if I can.”. Ballads from British Tradition. All three are well-known to anyone with a knowledge of balladry, as they are Barnard Castle, Co. Durham. Then all my land in Bucklesfordberry freely I give it to thee. He says, “Although I am my lady's page, yet am I Lord Barnard's man. For tis nothing but a shepherd boy, adriving his sheep to the fold. very well I like your skin, 'Little Musgrave' from Nic Jones' album 'Ballads and Songs', released in 1970. She noted: This version is an amalgamation of text from Jeannie Robertson’s That ne’er a horn should blow. on 8 March 2009: James Yorkston & The Big Eyes Family Players sang Little Musgrave And if it be false you tell to me then hanged you shall be.”, “Go saddle me the black,” he said, “Go saddle me the grey, “Well get up, get up, young man,” he said, “Get up as swift you can, the Holy Word to hear, to hear, But he had more mind of the fair women than he had of Our Lady's grace. but there was a man in Lord Barnard's train who loved the Little Musgrave he blew his horn both loud and shrill. So Matty struck the very first blow, and he hurt Lord Darnell sore. A daughter or a son?”, “Oh no your bower’s not fallin’ down A Folk Song a Day. variants being collected in North America with 113 versions from the USA, or does my castle burn? Picked up his heels and ran. Ballads. What would you give this day, Musgrave, to lie one night with me?”, “Oh, I dare not for my lands, lady, I dare not for my life, Fairport Convention's first version without Sandy Denny appeared on [Verse] G C G" Lord Barnard, my Lord Barnard, G you are a man of life, G C G but Musgrave he's at Bucklesfordberry, G C G Asleep with your wedded wife.' Live Then up and spoke his lady fair, from the bed whereon she lay, variant and region is was collected in. Martin Simpson sang Little Musgrave before but I enjoyed it, even though I did find that the people seemed to sing And down he fell at Barnard's feet and word he never spoke more. And thou shall have the best of them, and I shall have the worst.”. She says, “Although thou art dead, thou Little Musgrave, yet for thee will I pray. And you a gay lady in your arms and yet you would away.”. The second version with Sandy was recorded on 26 January 1974 at the Or is my lady lighter yet A ‘little tiny page’ – Lady Barnard’s footman – overhears the assignation made between the two, and he dashes off to spill the beans to his master who hastens to catch them red-handed. This Scottish version is localised to Angus and mentions Dundee. and one chap sang this song with a guitar regularly. It's nothing but a shepherd boy driving his flock to the fold. Little Massie Grove to Kip Lornell on 25 October 1976. than you and all your kin, your kin, Other articles where Little Musgrave is discussed: ballad: Crime: …sweetheart poisons “Lord Randal”; “Little Musgrave” is killed by Lord Barnard when he is discovered in bed with Lady Barnard, and the lady, too, is gorily dispatched. And he's trampled o'er them green mossy banks, till his horse's hooves did bleed. Oh he's cut the paps from off her breast, great pity it was to see was quoted in Beaumont and Fletcher’s outweighs his caution; the husband who has to be seen to do the right thing and When he heard that, her little foot page all by her foot as he run Came Lord Barnard and his stalwart friends,and they had travelled far. rendering—is on the Crime Report” which began Fairport's set at Cropredy in 1998. Trad Arr Jones. John Wesley Harding covered Nic Jones's version in 1999 on his CD They recorded it lots of times both with and without Sandy Denny: on the double CD compilation You might have Songs > great number of different versions have been collected. Ballads and Songs. Karen Myer's blog of a daughter or a son, a son, �B�5�q(���h�(��l{������ ��H���)�4�M�+�W�kD���tIz�LFPh��\Y��,�(4\,m��S��`h�X���(�! And I have ne’er a knife.”, “It’s I’ve got two swords by my side, “Come home with me, little Matty Groves, come home with me tonight. when it was recorded by the folk rock band, Fairport Convention. Before the Moon. Child prints 14 texts. He also is one of the earliest recorded “toy boys.” This is he wounded Darnell sore. in the 1990 video Live Legends, Sayin’, “Who do you like best of all, story that unrolls like a film scenario, exterior, interior, distant shots that Meet on the Ledge: The Classic Years 1967-1975 in 1965 on her Topic album of Appalachian ballads, field trip through Liam O'Flynn's flat. Her foot page, deciding his loyalties lie with the lord rather than the lady of the house, runs off and tells his master. English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. Sun Aug 02, 2020 Lord Barnard pro… you are Lord Darnell’s wife, his wife, “Rise up rise up, Little Matty Groves, [Verse] G C 'If this be true, me little footpage, G This thing that you tell me, G C All the gold in Bucklesford Berry G C G Gladly I'll give to thee. This family version is completed with another American text He noted: Lord Barnard is an honourable man, who gives Musgrave his best sword but he in 1975 on her Topic album made. A holiday, a holiday, and the first one of the year. on the extended Rounder re-issue of Volume 4 of He’s gone over there to stay.”. In the case of Little Musgrave The murders of “Jim Fisk,” Johnny of “Frankie and Johnny,” and many other ballad victims are prompted by sexual jealousy. > and I have ne’er a knife, a knife, recorded in 1970 with Mattacks / Nicol / Pegg / Swarbrick / And the last to come down was the Lady Barnard, the fairest of them all. According to Chappell, Quiller-Couch, Arthur, ed. in a ‘different’ way to what I was used to! Folk Routes. A classic murder ballad, Lady Darnell convinces Mattie Groves For he's away to the greenwood as fast as he could fly. Matty struck the very first blow, Important: The song above is NOT stored on the Chordie server.The original song is hosted at www.azchords.com.Chordie works as a search engine and provides on-the-fly formatting. The Outlandish Knight for to rise and let him in, him in, Paul Adams commented in the liner notes: Adultery, lust, an unfaithful wife, revenge, crime of passion, The Folk Songs of Britain, And how do you like my fair lady that lies in your arms asleep?”, “Oh, it's well I like your bed,” he said, “And well I like your sheets, and on their 2018 CD Martin Carthy sang Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard 'My Lord Barnard shall knowe of this, Although I lose a limbe.' Sydney Opera House, Australia, with Denny / Donahue / Lucas / He went and he stood all at the church door; he watched the priest at his mass. He commented in his album sleeve notes: Three very common ballads are included in this record: album. And when he came to the broad mill stream, he took off his shoes and swam. With that bespake this faire lady, In bed whereas she lay: ‘Although thou’rt dead, thou Little Musgrave, Yet I for thee will pray. “I'd rather a kiss from dead Matty's lips than you and your finery.”. and Linde Nijland sang it in 2003 on her CD Reliques of Ancient English Poetry in 1845. And he blew his horn both loud and shrill: “Away, Musgrave, away.”, “Oh, I think I hear the morning cock, I think I hear the jay, Musgrave thinks he hears Lord Barnard’s hunting horn urging his horses to speed on. Away Musgrave Away! in 2000 on her CD “Lord Donal ain’t at home”, which is unusual for Jeannie’s I remembered Nic Jones' recorded version on his first album, And in his hurry to carry the news, he bent his breast and ran, Musgrave to the church did go to see fair ladies there. Come home with me, little Matty Groves, and sleep with me till light.”, “Oh, I can't come home, I won't come home and sleep with you tonight, Matty Groves has been recorded by several artists worldwide. Matty Groves is one of Fairport Convention's best known songs. Moira Stewart, who often sung the Matty Groves at ballad competitions she cast her eye on him, In Real Time, Her husband returns unlooked-for, and finds Musgrave in bed with his wife. "The first stroke Little Musgrave struck He hurt Lord Barnard sore; The next stroke that Lord Barnard struck, he struck. For I would give three hundred pounds, that I was on yonder plain.”. Both Grandma and Gus’ wife Jane sing a fragment of Little Matty Groves that breaks off before Lord Arnold discovers his wife and Matty Groves in bed together. Chordie does not index songs against artists'/composers' will. Jeannie Robertson sang Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard characters knowingly pursue ruin by insisting on unbending truthfulness. For some reason I really CD (1992). But the little foot-page was standing by, John Wright sang Matty Groves Little Matty Groves has went to church, ; Ballad Index C081 Oh I have two swords in one scabbard, full dearly they cost my purse. … He ran till he came to the riverside, The first stroke that little Musgrave strucke, He hurt lord Barnard sore, The next stroke that lord Barnard strucke, Little Musgrave never strucke more. I cannot spare my life. is probably a miserable rich git too. But you will have the better of them and I will have the worse.”, “And you will strike the very first blow, and strike it like a man. A lamentable ballad of the little Musgrove and the lady Barnet that ne’er a horn should blow, should blow, For Little Musgrave is at Bucklesfordberry in bed with thine own wedded wife.”. Then up spoke the lady fair from the bed whereon she lay. Lord Darnell discovers Matty and his wife, and challenges cut to close-up. Nic Jones > Although some have speculated the ballad may be based on a historical event, no real evidence of this has been offered. Thompson, and the second version is on the 1979 live album And a servant who was standing by and hearing what was said, 24 With that bespake this faire lady, In bed whereas she lay: 95 ‘Although thou ’rt dead, thou Little Musgrave, Yet I for thee will pray. As it fell out upon a day, as many in the year, A wedded wife to be, to be, Titles include Barnard, Barnaby, I find the ballad intensely tragic because its And there she saw little Matty Groves, walking in the crowd. This version also appears on For the ring on your white finger shows you are Lord Barnard's wife.”, “Lord Barnard's to the hunting gone and I hope he'll never return; For it never will be said in my country I slew an unarmed man. And she's cast a look on the little Musgrave as bright as the summer's sun. by, Classic Ballads of Britain and Ireland Volume 1, Meet on the Ledge: The Classic Years 1967-1975, English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. on Cara's 2016 CD And sound you not the horn,” said he, “Lest our coming it would betray.”, Now there was a man in Lord Barnard's train who loved the little Musgrave, With that bespake the ladye faire, In bed whereas she laye, 'Althoughe thou art dead, my little Musgrave, Yet for thee I will praye; 'And wishe well to thy soule will I, As long as I have life; “So have I loved, lady fair, yet never a word durst I say.”, “Oh I have a bower at Bucklesfordberry all daintily painted white The ballad was printed on broadsides as early as the 1660’s, with three copies and I shall have the worst, the worst, He leaped down to the hard stone wall, his shins all grazed and sore Scrabbling frenziedly into his clothes-he vowed to sin no more. under the title Wee Messgrove, and was “taken down by Thomas McConechie, He was standing at his feet, his feet, Will Noble sang Little Musgrave Although some have speculated the ballad may be based on a historical event, no real evidence of this has been offered. Jon Boden sang Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard There weren't too many 2 from England. 25th Anniversary Concert of Anthony Wood, has a handwritten note stating that With that bespake this faire lady, In bed whereas she lay: ‘Although thou’rt dead, thou Little Musgrave, Yet I for thee will pray. Little Matty struck no more, no more, Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard. But Little Matty Groves he sleeps tonight I slew a naked man, a man, Away away then Little Musgrave, I can hear the key in the lock Away through the window went little Musgrave, a-wearing one wool sock. I slew a naked man.”, “Oh, I can’t get up, and I won’t get up, And woe be to the little footpage and an ill death may he die, Lord Darnell's not at home. How do you like my lady who lies in your arms asleep?”, “Oh, well I like your feather bed, and well I like your sheets. is based on an American variant of the same ballad, entitled as the 30 May 2011 entry of his project “Two swords in one scabbard”—a wonderful line!”. well represented in most ballad collections. Frankie Armstrong finds this exceptionally powerful: the wife And this night will I to Bucklesfordberry, all night for to lay with thee.”. recorded by Nic Jones in 1970. they cost me from my purse. ‘A sleepe or wake, them Lord Barnard, As thou art a man of life, For Little Musgrave is at Bucklesfordbery, 40: A bed with thy own wedded wife.’ An earlier singer has fragmented the song either by censoring or collected by Vance Randolph. ����>��YT ��\��W�%��:��GQG��dd�9��R����������T7����q�vVϔ�-�Ӕ����4�a�b =ɿz!fÂ���@Y}�q������i!��ߨ�h�j�(.E�� Yp~��B��0y}`ϻ㕷�D��Qm/$bf�g���韪5���vlZ��I�w����醬�s��_vJNu�8�W\}���n?&'�j�պhF���5B��qro��^1ݰi ; Bodleian And when he woke Lord Darnell, Farewell, Farewell. 18 versions from Nova Scotia, Canada, 9 versions from Scotland and KR����d_���E��^�$SFBĨ5��b�t?��!L:�]��N$��IDEh���|$�k%��}l���^?s.>�F��Fпd�wN��v2h�c6�T�\m�+��T���`��N. in 2007 on his Topic CD and DVD to write or re-build and collate. trapped in a marriage probably not of her own choosing; the lover whose ardour And ever whereas the bridges were broke, He layd him downe to swimme. The first verse appealed to me The History of Fairport Convention, For never shall they say in my own country i slew a naked man. He swore Lord Darnell he would know and the first sstroke Little Musgrave struck it hurt Lord Barnard sore but the next stroke Lord Barnard struck Little Musgrave ne’er struck more Then up spoke the lady fair from the bed whereon she lay although youre dead my Little Musgrave still for you I’ll pray another well travelled ballad which got a new lease of life a few years ago Prince Heathen. Says she, “I have loved thee, Little Musgrave, full long and many's the day.” Matty is killed, and the Lady states that she likes Matty He even gives Little Musgrave his best sword to defend himself with and, although Little Musgrave gets in the first strike, Lord Barnard’s too good for him and fatally runs him through. How the drops of this lady's heart's blood came a-trickling down her knee. Liege and Lief he took a little sleep. in Aberdeen in 1958 to Peter Kennedy. And ever where the bridges were broke, he laid to his breast and he swum. The Woman I Loved So Well. A specially multi-version compiled of several Matty Groves A Danish TV broadcast from November 1969 is not available. He swam till he came to the other side, The version I include here is from Percy's Reliques (1658): A bit of the ballad is quoted in Beaumont and Fletcher’s I'll set a page outside the gates to watch till morning clear.”. where the line-up is Denny / Hutchings / Mattacks / Nicol / on her 2019 EP he tinkled at the pin, because I too went to Mass to look at girls. I will wish well to thy soul, as long as I have life, Ballads and Songs. And how do you like his fair body now there's no life within?”, “Oh, it's well I like his cheeks,” she said, “And well I like his chin. To rise and let him in. He swore Lord Darnell he would know before the sun would set. I'd never been to one Yet will I not for thee Lord Barnard, though I am your own wedded wife.”. Famous Flower of Serving Men. women and is little. in Scotland. the first one of the year, rise up as quick as you can. Lord Barnard returns unexpectedly, kills Little Musgrave in a duel and his wife thereafter after she states a preference for the dead Musgrave. to choose John extracted the best elements of each and created this version. Neither Grandma nor Jane ever knew more The first stroke that Little Musgrave stroke, He hurt Lord Barnard sore; The next stroke that Lord Barnard stroke, Little Musgrave nere struck more. but the next stroke Lord Barnard struck Little Musgrave ne’er struck more. of the ballad. Yet Ime my Lord Barnardes manne. recitation of Mrs. McConechie, Kilmarnock” at the start of the nineteenth characters progress inexorably to the inevitable conclusion. Ruby Bowman Plemmons of Meadows of Dan, Virginia, sang Lord Darnell's wife came into church, the gospel for to hear. Although the ballad was widely 4 0 obj Than you and all your kin.”. Whene'er my Lord Barnard's horn blew, “Away, Musgrave away.”, “Methinks I hear the thistle cock, methinks I hear the jay, I think I hear the morning cock I think I hear the jay I think I hear Lord Barnards men I wish I was away Lie still lie still my Little Musgrave and hug me from the cold And better I like your fair lady that lies in me arms asleep.”. or does your castle burn, When he awoke, Lord Darnell he was standing at his feet. Two more performances from Ebbets Field, Denver, Colorado of May 1974 'Woe worth you, woe worth, my merry men all, You were ne'er born for my good! %��������� broadsides several times in the seventeenth century but by the mid-nineteenth
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