|Author||Topic: Add: The Iron Horse|
|dmcg||Posted - 30 Apr 05 - 08:01 am|
Come, Hielandmen, come Lowlandmen, come ev'ry man on earth, man,
And I'll tell you how I got on atween Dundee and Perth, man.
I gaed upon an iron road, a rail they did it ca' man,
And draggit by an iron horse, an awful beast to draw, man.
Then first and foremost, near the door, there was a wee bit wicket,
It was there they made me pay my ride, and they gave me a ticket.
I went away up through the house, sat down upon a chest, man,
To take a look on all I saw on the great iron beast, man.
There was houses in a long straight row, a-standing up on wheels, man,
And then the chiels that fed the horse were black's a pair of de'ils, man
And ne'er a thing they gave the brute but only coals to eat, man,
He was the queerest beast that e'er I saw for he had wheels for feet, man.
A chap came up and round his cap he wore a yellow band, man.
He bade me go and take my seat, say I, I'd rather stand, man.
He asked if I was going to Perth, says I, and that I be, man,
But I'm well enough just were I am, because I want to see, man.
He said I was the greatest fool that e'er he saw on earth, man,
For 'twas just the houses on the wheels that went from this to Perth, man.
And then he laughed and wondered how I hadnae more discernment.
Say I, the ne'er a ken kent I, I thought the whole concern went.
Then after that we crossed the Tay and landed into Perth, man,
I vow it was the queerest place that e'er I saw on earth, man,
For the houses and the iron horse were far above the land, man,
And how they got them up the stairs I canna understand, man.
Source: Singing Together, Spring 1976, BBC Publications
|dmcg||Posted - 30 Apr 05 - 08:07 am|
I'd be interested in finding out more about this song, which I've never heard. Certainly there must have been a time where catching a train was a very unfamiliar experience: my guess is this is a music-hall song of that era, but it could easily be quite a bit later with the emphasis more on the foolishness of the singer than the strangeness of the experience. Or it could be a much later composition entirely, trying to recreate and comment on that period. Your comments, please.
(The Dundee and Perth Railway Company existed from 1845 to 1848, when an extension to Aberdeen was added and the company renamed the Dundee, Perth and Aberdeen Railway Jn Co.)
Edited By dmcg - 30-Apr-2005 08:22:57 AM
|Jim Irvine||Posted - 30 Apr 05 - 09:04 pm|
According to the few notes in "The Scottish Folksinger" Buchan and Hall, 1973 the song appears in Robert Ford's "Vagabond Songs and Ballads" although no date is given. It also appears in "Shuttle and Cage" ed. Ewan McColl
||Posted - 30 Apr 05 - 09:25 pm|
Roud 5834. Also in Greig-Duncan (II, number 291, 364-365; 1 tune, 2 texts). Greig stated (notes, p 567) that " 'The Iron Horse', according to Ford, was written by Charles Balfour, for many years stationmaster at Glencarse between Dundee and Perth. It was first sung in public at a festival of railway servants held in Perth in 1848, and has since then attained wide popularity."
|masato sakurai||Posted - 01 May 05 - 07:49 am|
The tune given in Greig-Duncan is different, which is also in Roy Palmer's Strike the Bell(Cambridge, 1978, pp. 44-45; key transposed to C).
T:The Iron Horse
B:The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, II, p. 291
A3/2G/|F/ D3/2 D3/2 D/ D3/2 D/ D3/2 D/|D3/2 F/ A3/2 G/ F2 D3/2 D/|
w:Come_ Hie-la-men, come Low-lan' men, Come il-ka man on earth man, And
C3/2 E/ E3/2 E/ E3/2 E/ E3/2 E/|E3/2 e/ e3/2 d/ c2 A|| d/ d/|
w:I'll tell you how I cam' on be-tween Dun-dee & Perth man, It was
d/ c3/2 B/ A3/2 G3/2 G/ G3/2 G/|G3/2 G/ G/ G3/2 B2 A A/ G/|
w:hurled_ in a four-wheeled horse the like I nev-er saw man, It was
F/ D3/2 D3/2 D/ D3/2 D/ D3/2 D/| E3/2 F/ E3/2 D/ C2 A,z||
w:rug-git by an i-ron horse, An aw-fu' beast to draw man.
D2 D3/2 D/ D2 z2|B2 B3/2 c/ d/ B3/2 A/ G3/2|F3/2 D/ E3/2 D/ Dz|]
w:Fal al di dal, Fal al di ra-die ta-die, Right fal al di dal.
The version in Robert Ford's Vagabond Songs and Ballads of Scotland[1st series] (Alexander Gardner, 1899, pp. 179-82; without music) is longer.
THE IRON HORSE