|Author||Topic: Add: All Of A Row|
|dmcg||Posted - 17 Aug 07 - 08:45 am|
As harvest comes on and the reaping begins,
The farmer the fruit of the earth gathers in;
In mirth let us talk till the season be gone,
And at night give a holler, till it's all of a row,
Till it's all of a row, at night give a holler till it's all of a row.
The early next morning our hook we do grind,
And away to the cornfield to reap and to bind;
Our foreman looks back where he leaves well behind,
And he gives a loud holler, "Bring it all well behind!"
Oh, then says the foreman, "Behind and before,
We will have a fresh edge and a half pint more."
So me jolly boys to the end we will go
To the end we will go till it's all of a row.
Our wheat it is in, oats and barley are bound,
Here's success to the farmer who ploughs through the ground;
As for this wheat stubble, into turnips we'll sow
And so we'll continue till it's all of a row.
When night comes on to the farm we will steer
To partake a good supper and to drink some strong beer
And wishing the farmer such blessings in life
By drinking a health unto him and his wife.
Hammond and Gardiner Collection. Exact reference not available.
Collected from George Roper(82), of Charlton St Mary in Blandford Union, Dorset, in July/August, 1905.
There is a version collected by Sabine Baring-Gould listed in the Roud Index Online at VWML, whose first line is slightly different.
|dmcg||Posted - 17 Aug 07 - 08:51 am|
I hope jeff, who send me this, won't mind, but the version of the song he sent me is a hand amended version of a printed text, so I have entered the text as printed above. But it is also interesting to record 'the folk process in action' by making a note of the changes he and his collegues have introduced to verses 4 and 5:
Our wheat is all in, oats and barley are bound,
When night it comes on to the farm we will steer,
|Posted - 18 Aug 07 - 03:39 am|
'As Harvest Comes on': Hammond D100. George Roper of Charlton St Mary, in Blandford Union, (August?) 1905.
Currently listed at Roud 2742 with three other examples from the Hammond MSS, though this is an error, the number properly belonging to 'Moorlough Mary'. The right number is 2472; the middle numbers have been accidentally transposed.
There are two instances of 'All of a Row' at Roud 1474; different printings of the Baring-Gould set. Probably the entries will be combined at some point.
If Jeff supplied a printed sheet, I would imagine that it was copied from the Folk Music Journal, 1 (4) 1968, 251-4, where Mr Roper's set appeared as 'Harvest Feast Song'; though the verses were in a slightly different order and one or two changes have been made to the first text you quote. Mr Roper had learned it at a harvest feast 'seventy years previous'.