zaterdag 6 december 2014

Muddy Water Blues (1926) / I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (1936) / New Muddy Water Blues (1937) / Bumble Bee's New Muddy Water (1937)


"I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water" is a song written / arranged by Austin Powell in 1939.
The song was recorded by Powell's group The Cats and the Fiddle.
Austin Powell's arrangement was based on a traditional blues-song.
Most subsequent versions of this song follow the Austin Powell arrangement:
Lou Rawls 1962, Aretha Franklin 1965, Electric Flag 1968 and Johnny Taylor 1969 to name a few.

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - I'D RATHER DRINK MUDDY WATER


Austin Powell's 1939 arrangement was obviously based on earlier versions of this traditional:

(o) Amos (=Bumble Bee Slim) (1934) (as "Muddy Water Blues")
Amos Easton, voc; unknown, p; prob. Carl Martin, poss. Big Bill Broonzy, g
Recorded October 27, 1934 in Chicago, IL;
Released in 1934 on on the B-side of Bluebird B5862  (as by Amos)


Re-released in 1936 on Bluebird B6586  (as by Bumble Bee Slim)



I worked all the time worked four to four
I'm goinn hummin, you close the door
That's all right woman, in the old way you do
If it had to be for you baby, i would lead you to do
I'd rather drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log
and to let you spend my money and treat my like a dog

I've given you baby, my trembling hand
here's one thing honey, that you must understand
I ain't drinkin whiskey, ain't drinkin wine.
I'm gettin you so baby now, keepin all your mind.
I'd rather drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log
and to let you spend my money and treat my like a dog

Yes yes yo baby, as one and one is two.
Someday I'll have money and seems tough to date like you
I love you baby, but I hate the way you do
Goodbye darling, farewell to you
If I drank muddy water, sleep in a hollow log.
Well I won't be here and treated like a dog

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Another precursor of Austin Powell's "Id Rather Drink Muddy Water" was a version from 1936.

(c) Jimmie Gordon (1936)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
(CREDITED to JIMMIE GORDON )
Recorded October 26, 1936 in Chicago.
Released on Decca 7250



You don't know, you don't know my mind
what's the need of treating you so nice and kind
What's the need of being somebody's fool
And they treat you just like a Georgia mule.
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

Mmm, this fast life is killing me
Seems like that fast life won't let me be
Drinking good whiskey all of my days
Seems like this whiskey gonna take me to my grave
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

You can shake it, you can brake it, you can sort out by the wall
Run around to the window and catch that B 44
There was no lady by the name of Sister Sue
She sugared so fast, she didn't know what to do
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

I give you my money to buy you shoes and clothes
If you mess around out to the county mize you go
Buy you a coffin, I'll even get you a trout
Get you some nice place just to lay your body down
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

I'd rather see my coffin come rollin in my door
Finally got our love to said she don't want me no more
Feelin sad and lonely, feelin so blue
Haven't got nobody just to take my troubles to
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

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On July 28, 1935 Eddie Miller was in fact the first one to record a version titled "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water". It was recorded in Chicago for the Bluebird-label, but was not issued.
More than one year later Miller recorded a version that was released on Melotone.
It was almost identical to the Jimmie Gordon version on Decca above.

(c) Eddie Miller (1937) (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Written (adapted ?)  by Eddie Miller
Recorded November 12, 1936 in Chicago
Released on Perfect 7-02-60 and Melotone 7-02-60 http://www.bluesworld.com/ARC.pdf



Early in the morning at the break of day
I grabbed the pillow where my baby got laid
Feeling sad and lonely feeling blue
I ain't got no woman to tell my troubles to
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

You don't know, you don't know my mind
Part of this fella treats you nice and kind
What's the use of being somebody's fool
They gonna treat you like some old Georgia mule.
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

I give you my money to buy you shoes and clothes
I'll catch you messin around after the coffin you go
Pay for your coffin daddy pay for your trout
Pay for the undertaker to lay your dead body down
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

Whip it took my baby you may hang it on the wall
Thought I'd be run dow with that 44
I had no lady by the name of Sue
She sugared so much, great God these nurses do
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep in a hollow log

Oooo, fast life is killing me
Seems as the fast life just won't let me be
Seem that fast life gonna follow me all my days
Seem that fast life gonna follow me to my grave
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

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(c) Bumble Bee Slim (1937) (as "Bumble Bee's New Muddy Water")
(CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !)
Recorded June 10, 1937 in Chicago.
Released on Perfect 7-08-74



Tell me when you're comin back in town to stay
And tell me why do you have to go away
One of these mornings and it won't be long
You gonna call me and I'll be gone
I would rather drink muddy water
Sleep out in the hollow log

You know you gotta harm like it's all out of doors
You find your diamonds and you stole my gloves
Slippin and slidin down the streets of main
And there I stand, afraid to call your name
I'd rather drink muddy water
Sleep out in the hollow log

Mmmmm, if I lose my mind
Wonder would she be, thought of nice and kind.
What's the use of going to the county jail
Doing a game of time for no good friends
I would rather drink muddy water
Sleep out in the hollow log

All the cops in town tell the judge that I'm wrong
Send me to the jail, just where I belong
Got no friends to call on the stand
Got no one to lend me a helping hand.
I would rather drink muddy water
Sleep out in the hollow log

Gee, strong drinks is killing me
Seems as though strong drinks just won't let me be
Seems like strong drinks follow me all my days
Seems like strong drinks gonna tear me to my grave
I would rather drink muddy water
Sleep out in the hollow log

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(c) Merline Johnson (1937)  (as "New Muddy Water Blues")
(CREDITED to MERLINE JOHNSON)
Eddie Miller: piano
Recorded May 4, 1937
Released on Bluebird B 6985


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1 month later Merline Johnson became famous as The Yas Yas Girl and was labelled as such on subsequent releases of her records.

(c) The Yas Yas Girl (=Merline Johnson) (1937)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water, No. 2")
(CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !)
Recorded June 9, 1937 in Chicago.
Released on Melotone 7-09-66, Conqueror 8922 and Vocalion 03638



78 RPM - The Yas Yas Girl - I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water, No. 2 / Blues Everywhere - Vocalion - USA - 03638

The Yas Yas Girl* - Blues Everywhere / I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water, No. 2 (1937, Shellac) | Discogs

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(c) Willie Mae (=Billie McKenzie) (1937)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Eddie Miller: piano
(It was almost identical to the 1936 Eddie Miller version on Melotone).
Recorded December 3, 1936 in Chicago.
Released on Vocalion 03404


Willie Mae* - I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water / Get Business On Your Mind (1936, Shellac) | Discogs

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(c) Cats & The Fiddle (1940)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Written (adapted ?) by Austin Powell.
Recorded June 27, 1939 in Chicago
Released May 1940 on Bluebird 8402


The Cats And The Fiddle - Chant Of The Rain / I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (1940, Shellac) | Discogs

Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks - THE CATS AND THE FIDDLE

THE VOCAL GROUP HARMONY WEB SITE


Babe, we got to have a little talk
I ought to pack up my things and walk
I know a dollar goes from hand to hand
Before I met you, go from man to man
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

Working for you just like a Georgia mule
My friends laughed and they called me a fool
Your kisses are as sweet as can be
Before I'll let you make a sap out of me
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

Love you baby but you won't be fair
You don't know how to be on the square
Have your fun baby if you must
Before I'll have a woman, that I can't trust
I'd rather drink muddy water or
Sleep in a hollow log

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The only artist to hit the charts with his version was Grant Jones. His version, credited to Amos Eastman, closely follows "Bumble Bee's New Muddy Water" (1937).

(c) Grant Jones with Brown's Blues Blowers (1949) (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (And Sleep in a Hollow Log)".
Recorded September 13, 1950
Released on Decca 48192 (Top 10 R&B USA)



Grant Jones With Brown's Blues Blowers - I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water (And Sleep In A Hollow Log) / When The Deal Goes Down (1950, Shellac) | Discogs

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(c) Lou Rawls (1962)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Following the Cats and the Fiddle version written by Austin Powell.
BUT CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !!

Released on the album "Stormy Monday".

http://www.discogs.com/Lou-Rawls-Les-McCann-Ltd-Stormy-Monday/master/108233

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(c) Aretha Franklin (1965) (as "Muddy Water")
(WRONGLY CREDITED to Peter DeRose/Harry Richman/Jo Trent !!!!)

Recorded February 10, 1965 live In New York
Released on the album "Yeah!".

Aretha Franklin - Yeah!!! (1965, Vinyl) | Discogs

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(c) B.B. King (1965)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Following the Cats and the Fiddle version written by Austin Powell.
BUT CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !!

B.B. King (v,g), Carl Adams (tp), John Watson (tb), Lawrence Burdine (as), Vernon Slater (ts), Johnny Board (bs), Duke Jethro (org), Leo Blevins (g), Leo Lauchie (b), Sonny Freeman (d), unknown (p)
Recorded June 24,1965 in Chicago IL
Released on ABC Paramount 10754.

http://www.45cat.com/record/10754

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(c) Electric Flag (1968)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Mike Bloomfield playing the guitar and Buddy Miles singing.
Recorded May 18, 1968 live at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA.

The Electric Flag - Live From California 1967-1968 (2017, Vinyl) | Discogs

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(c) Johnny Taylor (1968)  (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
Following the Cats and the Fiddle version written by Austin Powell.
BUT CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !!
Released on the album "Who's Making Love"

http://www.discogs.com/Johnnie-Taylor-Whos-Making-Love/release/555388





(c) Steve Cropper (1971) (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")

Instrumental version, released on his album "With A Little Help From My Friends"

http://www.discogs.com/Steve-Cropper-With-A-Little-Help-From-My-Friends/release/863014

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(c) Junior Parker (1972) (as "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water")
From the album I Tell Stories Sad And True from 1972

http://www.discogs.com/Junior-Parker-I-Tell-Stories-Sad-And-True-I-Sing-The-Blues-And-Play-Harmonica-Too-It-Is-Very-Funky/release/4255592

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(c) Joe Williams (1992)
Following the Cats and the Fiddle version written by Austin Powell.
BUT CREDITED to EDDIE MILLER !!

Recorded November 20, 1992 live at the Orchestra Hall in Detroit .

Joe Williams With The Count Basie Orchestra Directed By Frank Foster - Live At Orchestra Hall, Detroit (1993, CD) | Discogs

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More versions here: http://www.secondhandsongs.com/performance/251950/versions



"I'd rather drink muddy water, sleep in a hollow log" was also a line in Jimmie Rodgers's "Blue Yodel #1 (T For Texas)"

And 1 year earlier the same line was contained in Papa Freddie's "Muddy Water Blues"

(o) Papa Freddie (1926) (as "Muddy Water Blues")
Freddie Spruell, voc, g
Recorded November 17, 1926 in Chicago, IL;
Released on Okeh 8422-A


Papa Freddie* - Muddy Water Blues / Way Back Down Home (1927, Shellac) | Discogs


I know you heard the story, listen now, people, I know you heard the song
I know you heard the story, listen now, people, I know you heard the song
I mean I drank muddy water, mean, shivered, now, the whole night long

I'd rather drink muddy water, rather sleep in a real hollow log
I'd rather drink muddy water, rather sleep in a real hollow log
Baby, now before I'd stay with you and let you treat me like you drive your dog

"Now, daddy, daddy, daddy, listen, turn your lights down low."
She 'lowed as, "Daddy, daddy, daddy, now listen, turn your lights down low."
"I got somethin' good to tell you", she 'lowed as, "daddy just before you go."

"Put your hat on my dresser, and put your shoes, daddy, now, under my bed."
"Put your hat on my dresser, and put your shoes, daddy, now, under my bed."
"Use your arm for my pillow, daddy, just to hold your little old worried head."

Listen to, "Hooo, baby, now, how long, how long?"
"Baby, hooo", listen to, "Baby, now how long, how long?"
"I mean I'd rather drink muddy water, baby, 'cause you know you sure have done me wrong."

"I'd rather drink muddy water, I'd rather wade muddy water, too."
"I'd rather drink muddy water, and I'd rather wade muddy water, too."
"Now, before that I'd stay with you, and take these low-down dirty things you do."

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The second verse of Papa Freddie's "Muddy Water Blues" was also used in Eddie Condon's "Makin' Frien's".

(c) Eddie Condon and his Footwarmers (1928) (as "Makin' Frien's")
Recorded in October 30, 1928 in New York
Released on Okeh 41142


Eddie Condon And His Footwarmers - I'm Sorry I Made You Cry / Makin' Frien's (1929, Shellac) | Discogs


"I'd rather drink muddy water, Lord, sleep in a hollow log
I'd rather drink muddy water, Lord, sleep in a hollow log
Then to be away up here in New York, treated like a dirty dog"

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PS: NOT to be confused with Harry Richman's "Muddy Water"

The Originals © by Arnold Rypens - MUDDY WATER




woensdag 26 november 2014

My Lagan Love (1904) / She Moved Thro' The Fair (1909) / The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood (1966) / White Summer (1967) / Belfast Child (1989)


"My Lagan Love" 




Lyrics by Joseph Campbell (AKA Seosamh MacCathmhaoil)
In 1904 Herbert Hughes collected a traditional air from the remote parts of County Donegal.
While on holidays in Donegal, Hughes had learned the air from Proinseas mac Suibhne, who had learned it from his father Seaghan mac Suibhne, who in turn had learned it fifty years previously.
With lyrics credited to Joseph Campbell the song "My Lagan Love" was published in 1904 on page 32 of  "Songs of Uladh"


Hughes' preface says: "I made this collection while on holiday in North Dun-na-n Gall (Donegal) in August of last year."
My Lagan Love is on page 32. The note says, "I got this from Proinseas mac Suibhne who played it for me on the fidil. He had it from his father Seaghan mac Suibhne, who learned it from a sapper working on the Ordnance Survey in Tearmann about fifty years ago. It was sung to a ballad called the "Belfast Maid," now forgotten in Cill-mac-nEnain".



A song by the title "Belfast Maid" was published in various early 19th century broadsides, with the first lines "In Belfast town of high renown / There lives a comely maid".
This ballad now has Roud number 2930. SEE: Belfast Maid

In the 1904 publication "My Lagan Love" had 5 verses:

1) Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blooms a lily fair
The twilight-gleam is in her eye
The night is on her hair
And like a love-sick leanan-sidhe
She hath my heart in thrall
Nor life I owe nor liberty
For love is lord of all.

2) Her father sails a running-barge
'Twixt Leamh-beag and The Druim;
And on the lonely river-marge
She elears his hearth for him.
When she was only fairy-high
Her gentle mother died;
But dew-Love keeps her memory
Green on the Lagan side.

3) And oft-times, when the beetle's horn
Hath lulled the eve to sleep
I steal unto her shieling lorn
And thro' the dooring peep.
There on the cricket's singing stone,
She spares the bogwood fire,
And hums in sad sweet under-tone
The song of heart's desire

4) Her welcome, like her love for me,
Is from her heart within:
Her warm kiss is felicity
That knows no taint of sin.
And, when I stir my foot to go,
'Tis leaving Love and light
To feel the wind of longing blow
From out the dark of night.

5) Where Lagan stream sings lullaby
There blooms a lily fair
The twilight-gleam is in her eye
The night is on her hair
And like a love-sick leanan-sidhe
She hath my heart in thrall
Nor life I owe nor liberty
For love is lord of all.

In Scottish Gaelic a "leannan-sidhe" is a Faery Lover. This type of Faery Lover often takes a person's love and then leaves. He or she goes back where they came from (Faery Land?) leaving the human pining for their lost love. The poor mortals in the tales of leannan sidhe often died of sorrow.

NB: This faery lover theme is also reminiscent to the theme used in another Irish traditional song, which also has a similar tune: "She Moved Through The Fair".
(SEE FURTHER ON IN THIS TOPIC)


In 1905 Hamilton Harty made a new arrangement of "My Lagan Love", which was published by Boosey & Hawkes in "Three Traditional Ulster Airs".
This new arrangement only contained verses 1 and 3 of the original 5 verses.






The song was dedicated to Plunket Greene, who often sang it on recitals.
Other singers who performed the song were Campbell McInnes, Agnes Nicholls and John McCormack.


In 1910 "My Lagan Love", with the Hamilton Harty-arrangement, was recorded by John McCormack.
Recorded March 25, 1910 in New York
Released on Victor 64154






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In 1909 the traditional tune used in "My Lagan Love" was adapted by Herbert Hughes to write another classic song: "She Moved Thro' The Fair"
This time the lyrics were written by Padraic Colum, who was more than familiar with the lyricist of "My Lagan Love": Joseph Campbell.






"She Moved Thro' The Fair" is fundamentally the same song as "My Lagan Love" (except for a lovely chord change in the B figure of Lagan)

Herbert Hughes apparently used the same traditional tune "Belfast Maid" from the County of Donegal to arrange it for two seperate songs: "My Lagan Lovë" (1904) and "She Moved Thro' The Fair" (1909)

NB: In 1989 the Simple Minds used part of the tune for their song "Belfast Child", maybe referring to this traditional tune from County Donegal ("Belfast Maid") ?
(SEE FURTHER ON IN THIS TOPIC)


"She Moved Thro' The Fair"
Lyrics by Padraic Colum
In a letter published in the Irish Times, 22 April 1970, Padraic Colum, claiming he was the author of all but the final verse of the poem, described how Hughes collected the tune and he, Colum kept the last verse of a traditional song they heard and then composed a couple of verses to fit the music. One verse (the 3rd) was not included in the first publication of the collection published by Boosey & Hawkes in London in a work entitled Irish Country Songs in 1909


My young love said to me "My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you for your lack of kind"
And she stepp'd away from me and this she did say
"It will not be long, love, till our wedding-day"

She stepp'd away from me and she went thro' the fair
And fondly I watch'd her move here and move there
And then she went homeward, with one star awake
As the swan in the evening moves over the lake

Last night she came to me, she came softly in
So softly she came that her feet made no din
And she laid her hand on me and this she did say
"It will not be long, love, till our wedding-day"


The lyrics of "She Moved Through The fair" are often shortened by omitting the third verse (SEE PIC BELOW), as this verse was the one Colum wrote after the first three verses had been sent for publication and it had to await a later edition for publication (Colum's 1916 collection "Wild Earth: And Other Poems")




The first recorded version of "She Moved Thro' The Fair" I could find is by Father Sydney MacEwan.

(o) Sydney MacEwan (1936)  ("She Moved Thro’ The Fair")
(County Donegal) (trad. arr. Herbert Hughes)
Tenor with Duncan Morrison, piano
Recorded in London on March 18, 1936
Matrix CE-7528-1 


Released on Parlophone DIP 146 (Ireland) and R-2311 (England)




Also released in Ireland on His Master's Voice I.P. 316


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(c) Jack Feeney and Helen Merchant (1937) (as "She Moved Thru The Fair")
Recorded June 23, 1937 (Matrix 62308)
Released on Decca 12121A




(c) John McCormack (1941)  (as "She Moved Thro' The Fair")
With GERALD MOORE, piano
Recorded June 25,  1941, Studio 3, Abbey Road, London.
Released on HMV DA 1813 (UK) and HMV IR 231 (Ireland)


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(c) Sean McDonagh (1951) (as "My Lagan Love" AND as "She Walked Through The Fair")

On February 7, 1951 Alan Lomax was in a pub in Kilnaleck (County Cavan), North-East Ireland, where he recorded Sean McDonagh singing two similar songs: "My Lagan Love"



And "She Walked Through The Fair"





(c) Margaret Barry (1952 and 1953) (as "My Lagan Love" AND as "She Moves Through The Fair")
Two recordings by Peter Kennedy in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, in 1952 and by Alan Lomax in London in 1953 are on her 1998 Rounder anthology I Sang Through the Fairs.

On November 1 and 3, 1953 Alan Lomax was in London, where in his own flat he recorded Margaret Barry singing the 2 similar songs: 'My Lagan Love"



And "She Moves Through The Fair"



Margaret Barry sang She Moves Through the Fair in an Ewan MacColl recording from March 10, 1955 on her 1956 Riverside album Songs of an Irish Tinker Lady.


Most subsequent versions of She Moves Through the Fair seem to be derived from Margaret Barry's which also had introduced the change from "my young love" to "my dead love" in the last verse.



(c) Susan Reed (1954)  (as "He Moved Through The Fair")
Released in 1954 on 10" album "Susan Reed Sings Old Airs (From Ireland Scotland And England)" (Elektra EKL 26)                                   


Re-released in 1961 on Elektra EKL 126


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(c) Pete Seeger (1956) (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
Released in 1956 on his album Love Songs for Friends and Foes


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(c) Dominic Behan (1958) (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
Dominic Behan sang She Moves Through the Fair in 1958 on his Topic album Irish Songs.




(c) Anne Briggs (1963) (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
A 19 years young Anne Briggs sang She Moves Through the Fair at the Edinburgh Festival in 1963 where it was recorded by Bill Leader for the album Edinburgh Folk Festival Vol. 1.





(c) Odetta (1963) (as "She Moved Through the Fair")
Released in 1963 on the album "One Grain Of Sand" (Vanguard VRS9137)
“One Grain Of Sand” finds her singing and playing guitar with accompaniment by Bill Lee (Spike Lee’s father, who also was responsible for the music in his son’s movie Mo’ Better Blues) on string bass.




(c) Marianne Faithfull (1966) (as "She Moved Through the Fair")

On her album North Country Maid


Faithfull re-recorded the song for her 1990 album Blazing Away, and has often sung it in concert.

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(c) Pete Seeger (1966)  (as "The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood")
In 1966 Richard Fariña wrote a poem, which he set to the tune of "My Lagan Love".
But before an official version could be recorded, Richard died in a motorcycle crash on April 30, 1966 - his wife Mimi's twenty-first birtday.


Pete Seeger was the first one to record this song for his album "God Bless The Grass".


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(c) Davey Graham (1967) (as "She Moved Through The Bizarre/Blue Ragga")
Davey Graham recorded “She Moved Thru the Bizarre,” a unique guitar arrangement of the traditional Irish song “She Moved Through the Fair.”
Graham’s version was a complex instrumental piece based loosely on the original that incorporated Indian influences.

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(c) Yardbirds (1967)  (as "White Summer")
Jimmy Page took Davey Graham's arrangement of "She Moved Through The Bizarre/Blue Ragga" nearly completely, renamed it “White Summer” and laid it on the Yardbirds 1967 album Little Games.


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(c) Led Zeppelin (1969)  (as "White Summer")
In 1969 Jimmy Page's group Led Zeppelin also recorded "White Summer".
A live performance during the band's U.K. Tour of Summer 1969 was recorded by the BBC at the Playhouse Theatre in London on 27 June 1969 for the pilot of Radio One's In Concert series.
This recording was released in 1990 on the Led Zeppelin Boxed Set with the combined title "White Summer/Black Mountain Side". The piece was later included as a bonus track on the 1993 boxed set The Complete Studio Recordings.

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(c) Sandy Denny recorded She Moves Through the Fair in 1967 as a home demo that was finally made available in 2004 on the 5CD Fledg'ling anthology A Boxful of Treasures.

In 1969 Fairport Convention also released the song on What We Did on Our Holidays.    .

Fairport Convention adopted the style of the song from the influential travelling singer Margaret Barry, while Margaret on her turn had learned it from a vinyl recording made by John McCormack at EMI Studios in 1941.

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(c) Fairport Convention (1969)  (as "The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood")
Out-take from Fairport Convention's Liege and Lief sessions at the Sound Techniques Studios in Summer 1969, finally appearing on the 2002 CD reissue of Liege and Lief (Take 1).



Sandy re-recorded the song in 1972 for her Sandy album, singing the song unaccompanied with just her vocals multi-tracked (and achieving some very interesting effects).





(c) Trees (1970)  (as "She Moved Thro' the Fair")
On their album The Garden of Jane Delawney

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(c) Art Garfunkel (1977) 
On his album Watermark

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'My Lagan Love' was recorded with new, original lyrics by Kate Bush, first released in 1985 as the second B-side track to the 12" version of Cloudbusting.



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(c) All About Eve (1988) (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
On their eponymous 1988 debut album.

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(c) Van Morrison and the Chieftains (1988)
On their album Irish Heartbeat , Van Morrison and the Chieftains recorded both "My Lagan Love" and "She Moved through the Fair".






(c) Simple Minds (1989) (intro and outro of  Belfast Child)


As I said above in 1989 the Simple Minds used part of the tune for their song "Belfast Child", maybe referring to the traditional title of the tune from County Donegal ("Belfast Maid") ?


So the title "Belfast Child" nearly matches the title of the original ballad it was sung to: "Belfast Maid"






(c) Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet (1994)  (as "She Moved Through The Fair")

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(c) Sinéad O'Connor (1995)  ("He Moved Through The Fair")
On The Chieftains' collaborative album The Long Black Veil 

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Sinead O'Connor also recorded a solo version for the soundtrack of the 1996 film Michael Collins.

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And in 2002 Sinead O'Connor also recorded "My Lagan Love"


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(c) Boyzone (1996)  (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
On their album A Different Beat



(c) Mike Oldfield (1996)  (as "She Moves Through the Fair")
On his album Voyager



(c) Charlotte Church (2000)  (as "She Moved Through the Fair")
On her album Charlotte Church



(c) Rory Gallagher (2003)  (as "She Moved Thro' The Fair")
Rory Gallagher,  who was born in the County Donegal (where Herbert Hughes had collected the song some 100 years earlier), recorded a version with Bert Jansch released on Gallagher's album Wheels Within Wheels 2003.






Bert Jansch had already recorded a solo-version of "She Moved Through The Fair" for his 1988 album Toy Balloon.
In 2002 Bert Jansch also recorded the "The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood" variation, with his wife Loren on vocals

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(c) Jefferson Starship (2008)  (as "The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood")






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