The Jolly Beggar – At William’s Place

The Jolly Beggar – At William’s Place

The Jolly Beggar is het allereerste nummer op onze allereerste cd, Celts in Kilts, later samengevoegd tot onze Rakkish Paddies-cd. Zelfs William was er nog niet voor de allereerste opname van de Jolly Beggar. Voor deze video op William’s Place zijn gelukkig zowel David als William aanwezig en klinken we veel beter en met meer harmonie.

Op de originele cover van Kelten in Kilts werd William gefotoshopt op de foto, waarbij zijn hoofd een kip verving =) Je kunt het verhaal in de onderstaande afbeelding zien.

Celts in Kilts album

Background Info

The Jolly Beggar, ook wel bekend als The Gaberlunzieman, is Child ballad 279. Het refrein inspireerde Lord Byrons gedicht “So, we’ll go no more a roving”. The Child Ballads zijn 305 traditionele ballads uit Engeland en Schotland, en hun Amerikaanse varianten, samengesteld door Francis James Child in de tweede helft van de 19e eeuw. Hun teksten en Child’s studies ervan werden gepubliceerd als The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. De melodieën van de meeste ballads werden verzameld en gepubliceerd door Bertrand Harris Bronson in en rond de jaren zestig.

The Jolly Beggar Lyrics

It’s of a jolly beggarman came tripping o’er the plain
He came unto a farmer’s door a lodging for to gain
The farmer’s daughter she came down and viewed him cheek and chin
She says, He is a handsome man. I pray you take him in
chorus
We’ll go no more a roving, a roving in the night
We’ll go no more a roving, let the moon shine so bright
We’ll go no more a roving
He would not lie within the barn nor yet within the byre
But he would in the corner lie down by the kitchen fire
O then the beggar’s bed was made of good clean sheets and hay
And down beside the kitchen fire the jolly beggar lay
chorus
We’ll go no more a roving, a roving in the night
We’ll go no more a roving, let the moon shine so bright
We’ll go no more a roving
The farmer’s daughter she got up to bolt the kitchen door
And there she saw the beggar standing naked on the floor
He took the daughter in his arms and to the bed he ran
Kind sir, she says, be easy now, you’ll waken our goodman
chorus
We’ll go no more a roving, a roving in the night
We’ll go no more a roving, let the moon shine so bright
We’ll go no more a roving
Now you are no beggar, you are some gentleman
For you have stolen my maidenhead and I am quite undone
I am no lord, I am no squire, of beggars I be one
And beggars they be robbers all, so you re quite undone
chorus
We’ll go no more a roving, a roving in the night
We’ll go no more a roving, let the moon shine so bright
We’ll go no more a roving
She tok the bed in both her hands and threw it at the wall
Says go you with beggar man my maidenhead and all
chorus
We’ll go no more a roving, a roving in the night
We’ll go no more a roving, let the moon shine so bright
We’ll go no more a roving
The Jolly Beggar - Rakkish Paddies
Rakkish Paddies album cover

 

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