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Folk Songs - Words & Tunes as MIDIs


A collection of folk songs, primarily from Britain and Ireland, USA, collected by myself and by other people, with MIDIs sequenced by myself:
Ron Clarke.

I have included, where appropriate, notes about the source of words and lyrics. Where this is attributed to a particular band (e.g. Three Kinds of Folk), I was a member of that band. The choice of instrument "voices" and the general arrangements, and most of the chorus harmonies, are mine, so you may blame me if they don't work for you. If you do like them, or even if you don't, please say "hello" in my Visitor's Book.

I believe that all of these tunes are no longer under copyright, because of the apparent age of them, except where marked. If I am wrong, please email me.


Remember: Many folk songs are written in allegory.
This means - the words don't necessarily mean what you think they mean.
I have included a few lists of "code" words with some of the lyrics.



SONGS
All The Pretty Little Horses Updated September 1999
Amazing Grace March 2001
The Ballad of Mary Hamilton Updated October 1999
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
Included by kind permission of the author: Eric Bogle
Updated March 2001
The Beggar Man Updated September 1999
Bird in a Cage Updated September 1999
Blackleg Miners April 2001
Blow Away the Morning Dew (i) Updated September 1999
Blow Away the Morning Dew (ii) Updated September 1999
Blow The Candles Out (i) Updated September 1999
Blow The Candles Out (ii) Updated September 1999
The Bonny Lass of Fyvie Updated October 1999
The Bonny Ship The Diamond Updated September 1999
The Broomfield Wager Updated September 1999
The Bunch of Thyme Updated September 1998
Butternut Hill Updated September 1999
Captain Wedderburn's Courtship Updated September 1999
Carrickfergus Updated September 1999
The Cluster of Nuts Updated September 1999
Cold Haily Rainy Night Updated September 1999
Courtin' in the Kitchen Updated September 1999
The Cruel Miller Updated September 1999
The Cuckoo (i) Updated September 1999
The Cuckoo (ii) Updated September 1999
Cushie Butterfield Updated September 1999
The Demon Lover Updated September 1999
The Derby Ram Updated September 1999
The Dogger Bank Updated September 1999
The Dowie Dens of Yarrow Updated October 1999
Drowsy Sleeper Updated September 1999
Fair Ellender Updated September 1999
The Fair Maid of Islington Updated October 1999
The False Bride Updated September 1999
False True Love Updated September 1999
Fare Thee Well Enniskillen Updated September 1999
The Foggy Dew Updated September 1999
For A' That Updated September 1998
The Gallant Forty Twa Updated October 1999
The Gardener Updated October 1999
Geordie Updated October 1999
Gie The Lass Her Fairing Updated September 1999
Go From My Window (i)
Tune in a major key.
Updated October 1999
Go From My Window (ii)
Tune in a minor key. I like this one best.
Updated October 1999
Green Grows the Laurel Updated October 1999
Green Grow the Rushes-O Updated October 1999
The Grey Cock Updated October 1999
The Grey Hawk Updated October 1999
Gypsy Laddie Updated October 1999
The Handsome Cabin Boy Updated September 1999
Hares on the Mountain Updated October 1999
High Barbaree Updated October 1999
High Germany Updated October 1999
The House Carpenter Updated October 1999
Hugh the Graeme Updated October 1999
I Rede You Beware of the Ripples Updated October 1999
The Irish Girl Updated October 1999
I Will Put My Ship in Order Updated October 1999
I Wish, I Wish Updated October 1999
Jack the Jolly Tar Updated October 1999
John Anderson Updated October 1999
Johnny Has Gone Updated October 1999
Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier January 2000
O Johnny, Johnny Updated October 1999
The Jolly Beggar Updated October 1999
The Jug of Punch Updated October 1999
Kelly the Boy from Killane Updated October 1999
Kevin Barry Updated October 1999
The Lass of Lochroyan Updated October 1999
Little Musgrave Updated October 1999
Lord Randal Updated October 1999
Lord Thomas and Fair Annet Updated October 1999
Love is Pleasing Updated October 1999
Lowlands Updated October 1999
The Lowlands of Holland (i) Updated October 1999
The Lowlands of Holland (ii) Updated October 1999
Maggie May Updated October 1999
The Maid of Tottenham Updated October 1999
Mary Ann (i) Updated October 1999
Mary Ann (ii) Updated October 1999
Mrs McGrath Updated October 1999
The Molecatcher (i) Updated October 1999
Must I be Bound Updated October 1999
Navvy Boots Updated October 1999
Night Visiting Song Updated October 1999
No Man's Land (The Green Fields of France)
Included by kind permission of the author: Eric Bogle
Updated April 2001
October Winds Updated October 1999
The Old Maid's Song Updated October 1999
Once I Had a True Love (i) Updated October 1999
Once I Had a True Love (ii) Updated October 1999
Our Captain Calls Updated October 1999
The Parting Glass Updated October 1999
Peggy-O Updated October 1999
The Ploughman Updated October 1999
Portlairge Updated October 1999
The Ranting Dog Updated October 1999
Rare Willie Updated October 1999
Ratcliffe Highway Updated October 1999
The Recruited Collier Updated September 1999
Reynardine Updated October 1999
Richies Lady Updated October 1999
Ripest Apples Updated October 1999
The Rising of the Moon Updated October 1999
Rob Roy Updated October 1999
Rocking the Cradle Updated October 1999
Rolling in the Dew (i) Updated October 1999
Rolling in the Dew (ii) Updated October 1999
Rothsea-O Updated October 1999
Saint Valentine's Day Updated October 1999
Sandgate Dandling Song Updated October 1999
The Seeds of Love Updated October 1999
The Shearing's Not For You Updated October 1999
Sheffield Park Updated October 1999
She's Like the Swallow Updated October 1999
Singing Bird Updated October 1999
The Sprig of Thyme Updated October 1999
Still Growing Updated October 1999
Still I Love Him Updated October 1999
Supper isna Ready Updated October 1999
Sweet Joan Updated October 1999
Sweet William Updated October 1999
Thomas of Winesbury Updated October 1999
Three Maidens a-Milking Updated October 1999
The Trooper and the Maid Updated October 1999
The Trooper Cut Down Updated September 1999
The Trumpeter of Fyvie Updated October 1999
Turtle Dove Updated October 1999
Under Her Apron Updated October 1999
The Unguiet Grave (i) Updated October 1999
The Unguiet Grave (ii) Updated October 1999
The Unguiet Grave (iii) Updated October 1999
Valentine's Day Updated October 1999
The Waggoner Updated October 1999
O, Waly, Waly Updated October 1999
The Water is Wide (i) Updated October 1999
The Water is Wide (ii) Updated October 1999
When I Was No But Sweet Sixteen Updated October 1999
William Grismond (i) Updated October 1999
William Grismond (ii) Updated October 1999
Young Benjie Updated September 1999
Young Rambleaway (i)
[major key, with chorus]
Updated October 1999
Young Rambleaway (ii)
[minor key, no chorus]
Updated October 1999
Young Roddy M'Corley Updated 1999


This page last updated May 2006.


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