Hear the Nightingales Sing

 
Performed by:
Frank Hinchliffe
Recorded in:
Crosspool, Sheffield
Recorded on:
01/07/1976
Recorded by:
Mike Yates and Ruairidh Greig
Genre:
Courtship
Keywords:
Deception,
Soldiers,
Love
 

Archival information

TYG:
34
Key:
Bb
Time Signature:
3/4
Roud id:
140
Laws id:
P14
Master title:
The Bold Grenadier
Places Cited:

Lyrics

1
As I was a-walking one morning in May,
I espied a young couple upon the highway,
And one was a lady most beautiful and fair,
The other was a soldier, a brave volunteer.

2
Now this lovely young couple, they walked on together,
They sat themselves down, me boys, by the side of the heather,
They sat themselves down by the side of a stream,
And that was the start of a beautiful queen.

3
They hadn’t been sat there long when he put his arm round her middle,
He took off his knapsack and drew out a fiddle,
And he played such a tune, me boys, such a lovely thing,
That it made the woods to echo and the valleys to ring.

4
Now he hadn’t been playing long when he said it’s time to give o’er,
"Oh now," said the lady, "just play one tune more,
For I like all your music and the touching of one string,
It will make the woods to echo and the valleys to ring.

5
Oh I’ll go to yonder Indies?...
.........
And if ever I return again it will be in the spring,
For to see the pretty flowers grow and hear the nightingales sing.

From the LP In Sheffield Park, Traditional Songs from South Yorkshire.

Archival information

TYG:
34
Key:
Bb
Time Signature:
3/4
Roud id:
140
Laws id:
P14
Master title:
The Bold Grenadier
Places Cited: