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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Minstrel Tales - The Bold Hommlet Farmer

The Bold Hommlet Farmer

Here is a ditty that is about a small village on the road north to Verbobonc. In the inns and taverns of the area a quick gulp of ale is normally taken at the end of each chorus.

One evening of late into Hommlet I strayed
and bound for Verbobonc I was making me way
At the Welcome Wench some time I delayed
For to wet me auld whistle with Keoish

To Hommlet, To Hommlet,
To Hommlet I strayed
To Hommlet, To Hommlet
To Hommlet I strayed
The road to Verbobonc was dry as a bone
The road to Verbobonc
Was dry as a bone

I scarcely had travelled a mile of the road
When I heard a dispute in a farmer's abode
There stood a bandit, an ill looking toad
And the wife of a bold Hommlet farmer

Chorus

"You're a robber" the bold farmer's wife she replied
"You're as bad as a goblin with whom you abide
But the men of Burne's Badgers will put down your pride
They'll be here like lightning in front of a storm

Chorus

I spaded me fist and I picked up me stick
and behind that foul bandit like a mouse I did trip
Then with all my strength I gave him a lick
and the bold farmer's wife was adoring
(Loosely adapted from 'The Bold Tenant Farmer')

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enROxvdLszg

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Minstrel Tales - O Flower of Geoff

O Flower of Geoff

This is a lament sung by the soldiers returned to fight for Geoff.

O Flower of Geoff,
When will we see your like again
That fought and died for
Your dear land, home and fief
And stood against them,
That monstrous army,
We are bound homeward
To fight again.

The hills are bare now,
And harvester leaves lie thick and still
O'er land that is lost now,
Which those so dearly held
That stood against them,
That monstrous army
We are bound homeward
To fight again.

Those days are past now
And in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now
And be proud Geoff again!
That stood against them
That monstrous army
We are bound homeward
To fight again.

O Flower of Geoff,
When will we see your like again
That fought and died for
Your dear land, home and fief.
And stood against them,
That monstrous army,
We are bound homeward
To fight again.
(Loosely adapted from 'O Flower of Scotland')

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPaJhlIIYjM