Tuesday, March 29, 2016

One Morning In May


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This is my favorite rendition of this traditional tune with a great arrangement by Carol Elizabeth Jones and Lauel Bliss.I've been a fan of Carol Elizabeth Jones for some time and strongly recommend seeking out her albums which inexplicably are not available as downloads on either Amazon or Google Play.

I added the lyrics(and chords) as performed by James Taylor which vary a bit from this rendition. However that is usually the case with older tunes. There is no "official" version. The lyrics have been traced back to the 17th century under various names including The Nightingale and The Grenadier and the Lady. Sing and play along with your own version, that is the folk process.





One Morning In May


One morning, one morning, one morning in May [ A G D A ]
I spied a young couple, they were making their way [ A G D E ]
One was a maiden, so bright and so fair [ A F#m D A ]
and the other was a soldier and a brave volunteer [ A D E A ]

"Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning," said he [ A G D A ]
"And where are you going, My pretty lady?" [ A G D E ]
"I'm going out a-walking on the banks of the sea [ A F#m D A ]
Just to see the waters rise and hear the Nightingale sing." [ A D E A ]

Now they had not been standing but a minute or two [ A G D A ]
When out of his knapsack a fiddle he drew [ A G D E ]
And the tune that he played made the valleys all ring [ A F#m D A ]
"O hark," cried the maiden, "hear the Nightingale sing." [ A D E A ]

"O maiden, fair maiden, it's time to give o'er." [ A G D A ]
"O no, kind soldier, please play one tune more [ A G D E ]
For I'd rather hear your fiddle at the touch of one string [ A F#m D A ]
Than to see the waters rise and hear the Nightingale sing." [ A D E A ]

"O soldier, kind soldier, will you marry me?" [ A G D A ]
"O no, pretty maiden, that never shall be; [ A G D E ]
I've a wife now in London and children twice three [ A F#m D A ]
Two wives and the army's too many for me." [ A D E A ]

"Well, I'll go back to London and I'll stay there for a year [ A G D A ]
It's often that I'll think of you, my little dear [ A G D E ]
And if ever I return, it will be in the spring [ A F#m D A ]
Just to see the waters rise and hear the Nightingale sing [ A D E A ]
To see the waters rise and hear the Nightingale sing." [ A D E A ]





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