Author Topic: Add: Young Collins


Posted - 17 Oct 03 - 12:57 pm

Young Collins early in the morn
Went whistling thro' some fields of corn,
He spied a milkmaid neat and trim,
To milk her cow tripped over the plain.

Young Collins viewed her as she passed,
He said "my sweet and pretty lass,
Will you along with me now go?"
Her answer was, "Young Collins, no."

He says, "fair maid, I mean no harm,
I'll make you mistress of my farm (Yonder f[arm])
I've ewes, I've lambs, I've poultry too
Will you be mine, say yes or no."

The tears of love were down her brow,
As she sat milking of her cow.
So now the happy knot is tied
And now she is Young Collin's bride.

(Alternative fourth verse)
She waited awhile, and at last gave consent,
To yonder church this couple went,
So now the happy knot is tied
For now she is Young Collin's bride.

Source: M Dawney, The Ploughboy's Glory, EFDSS, 1977


Collected by Frances Jekyll and George Butterworth from Mr Greenfield, Largashall, Sussex, October 1910.

As Malcolm mentioned, Michael Dawney's Ploughboys Glory is still available from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, but stocks are low. At present, old stock is being cleared, and the book can be had at a reduced price of £3.25.


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Database entry is here.

Jon Freeman

Posted - 17 Oct 03 - 02:54 pm

Different tune to the dance tune of the same name I know (taken from John Chambers's site):

T:Young Collins
S:Bacon (CJS from Benfield & Bond, 1909)
F: 2003-10-17 13:50:17 UT
I:speed 400
|: GABc d2 d2 | c2 e2 A2 Bc | d2 d2 e2 dc | B2 A2 G4 :|
|: E2 D2 EF G2 | A2 A2 G3 A | B2 A2 Bc d2 | e2 e2 d4 |
GABc d2 d2 | c2 e2 A2 Bc | d2 d2 e2 dc | B2 A2 G4 :|

The only words I remember sung to part (first line of the B part) of this was:

Hit me slowly, hit me quick
Hit me with your morris stick

I guess that had something to do with an Ian Dury song...


Edited By Jon Freeman - 17-Oct-2003 04:28:06 PM


Posted - 17 Oct 03 - 03:39 pm

I'd forgotten there was a Morris tune called Young Collins. It's included on "Morris On", I believe.

('was'? I meant 'is', of course!)

Edited By dmcg - 17-Oct-2003 03:55:21 PM

Malcolm Douglas
Posted - 17 Oct 03 - 06:36 pm

At present, Roud lists this at number 147, which is the George (Giles) Collins group (Child 42/85). That is a mistake, I think; it should really be at number 1720. Three other examples are listed there: an incomplete set from Henry Hills, formerly of Lodsworth, Surrey (Journal of the Folk Song Society, I (3) 1901 121) and two recordings; Bob Lewis (Patchworth, Sussex, 1989) on Veteran VT 120, Sweet Country Life, and George Townsend (Lewes, Sussex) on Musical Traditions MT CD 304, Come Hand to Me the Glass.

There is no connection with the late 18th century song Young Colin Stole My Heart Away, which appeared on broadsides well into the 19th century; nor, it seems, with the Morris tune. However, these two latter do seem to be related to each other. A tune in the Winder MS (1789), Yung Collins Stole my Hart away, is recognisable as a form of the tune used for the Morris. If it is the tune belonging to the song Young Colin Stole My Heart Away (which seems likely), then according to Frank Kidson (JFSS as above) it is of French origin.

Edited By Malcolm Douglas - 17-Oct-2003 06:45:36 PM


Posted - 17 Oct 03 - 07:10 pm

Given the Roud number confusion, I have left it blank in the database entry. I had already made a database link saying "Young Collins" and "George Collins" are easily confused - I was obviously right!

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