Hark, The Village Wait
Steeleye SpanRCA SF 8113 (LP, UK, June 1970)
'wait' is a musician or group of musicians, employed by a town to play
on ceremonial occasions (historical)
and (in plural) persons who welcome
in Christmas by playing or singing out of doors at night. In this case
the group of musicians
Tim Hart, electric guitar, 5-string banjo, electric dulcimer, harmonium, fiddle, vocals
Ashley Hutchings, electric
Maddy Prior, vocals
Gay Woods, vocals, autoharp, concertina, bodhrán
Terry Woods, mandola, mandolin, 5-string
banjo, electric guitar, vocals
Gerry Conway, drums on [2,3,5,6,7,8]
Dave Mattacks, drums on [4,10,11,12]
Engineer: Vic Gamm, Sound Techniques
The love that I have chosen I therewith be content
And the salt sea shall be frozen before that I repent
it shall I never until the day I dee
But the lowlands of Holland has twined my love and me.
My love lies in the salt sea and I am on the side
It's enough to break a young thing's heart what lately
was a bride.
But lately was a bonny bride with pleasure in her e'e.
But the lowlands of Holland has twined my love and
My love he built a bonny ship and set her on the sea
With seven score good mariners to bear her company.
there's three score of them is sunk and three score dead at sea
And the lowlands of Holland has twined my love and me.
My love has built anither ship and set her on the main
And nane but twenty mariners all for to bring her
But the weary wind began to rise, the sea began to roll
And my love then and his bonny ship turned withershins
There shall nae a quiff come on my head nor comb come in my hair
And shall neither coal nor candlelight
shine in my bower mair.
And neither will I marry until the day I dee
For I never had a love but one and he's drowned
in the sea.
Oh hold your tongue my daughter dear, be still and be content.
There's men enough in Galloway, you need
not sore lament.
Oh there's men enough in Galloway, alas there's none for me
For I never had a love but one and he's
drowned in the sea.
- Lowlands of Holland
- All Things Are Quite Silent (2:38)
- The Hills of Greenmore (4:02)
- My Johnny Was a Shoemaker (1:11)
- Lowlands of Holland (6:00)
- Twa Corbies (2:06)
- One Night As I Lay on My Bed (3:30)
related internet links
myths and legends
Galloway is mentioned in
the song Lowlands of Holland,
which in turn, is one of two songs
on this album of which the subject
is press-ganging, the other being
All Things Are Quite Silent.
Waits were civic musicians,
employed by towns and
cities to provide music
during feasts and processions
the subject of the songs
All Things Are Quite Silent and
Seaton Delaval, presumably the
Delaval mentioned in the song,
The Blackleg Miner,
is about six miles north
BBC Radio Ballad No.3
by Charles Parker, Ewan McColl
and Peggy Seeger. first broadcast
in 1960, from which the song
Fisherman's Wife is taken.
Upwey- Dorset,UKthe village from whichOne Night As I Lay On My Bedwas collected