Author Topic: Add: The Water of Tyne


Posted - 22 Mar 03 - 11:38 am

Water of Tyne, The

I cannot get to my love if I would dee,
The water of Tyne runs between him and me;
And here I must stand with the tear in my e'e,
Both sighing and sickly my sweetheat to see.

O where is the boatman? my bonny hinny!
O where is the boatman? bring him to me, -
To ferry me over the Tyne to my honey,
And I will remember the boatman and thee.

O bring me a boatman, I'll give any money,
And you for your trouble rewarded shall be,
To ferry me over the Tyne to my honey,
Or scull him across that rough river to me.

Source: Broadwood, Lucy, 1893, English County Songs, Leadenhall Press, London


Lucy Broadwood notes are:

Mr S Reay, Mus B., in a paper on "Northumberland Ballad Music", read before the National Society of Professional Musicians, in January 1892, states that this song was taken down by Mr Stokoe from the singing of an old man at Hexham and it has appeared in many song-books since 1793 - Musical News, January 22, 1892

There is no tempo indicated in the original music: I have suggested a speed as the default is certainly too fast. However, most versions I have heard are still appreciably slower than that I have given.

Database entry is here.

Edited By dmcg - 22/03/2003 11:44:04

Edited By dmcg - 03-Mar-2004 11:33:39 AM

Malcolm Douglas
Posted - 22 Mar 03 - 08:16 pm

Roud 1364

The earliest appearance in print currently listed by Roud is Bell's Rhymes of the Northern Bards (1812, text only), its first publication with music being in Bruce and Stokoe's Northumbrian Minstrelsy (1882).

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