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Roy Palmer noted:. Inthe London printer, J. This was probably just a tall story but it took hold and became The Foggy Dewa sly and mellow song, though too strong for some: in the late 40s and early 50s the BBC banned from the air a record of Peter Pears singing Benjamin Britten's arrangement of the Suffolk version HMV, D. Peter Kennedy noted:. The Foggy Dew an even finer and older piece than Blow the Candle Outdid not come into popular circulation until it was bowdlerised by Carl Sandburg and The Foggy as a coy gramophone performance by Benjamin Britten.
Since then, the song has been much discussed and sung. A number of theories about the meaning of this song have been offered. Young ladies reputedly like to be protected from the terrors of the dark. Robert Graves carried this orocedhu idea a step further with the suggestion that the verse has a double meaning, standing first for the black pestilence, which may have been abroad at the time of the song's composition, and second for the black habit worn by nuns.
The girl, in such a case, may be asking for refuge from a nunnery. This present text, perhaps the fullest and most rational yet discovered, came from a Norfolk soldier. He claimed to have learned this version from a local tree feller.
Perhaps this air may have been attached to The Foggy Dew words in Scotland, as well. Shirley Collins noted:. Luther Hills sang this clear and charming version of The Foggy Dew uncluttered by the nods, winks and innuendos that normally attend this song, especially when sung by singers unsympathetic to or ignorant of the tradition.
Peter Kennedy noted in the Rounder anthology's booklet:. See Peter Kennedy, ed. He noted on the first album:.
This true-life story is known in many forms. Some say the foggy dew is a virginity symbol; others say the words are there by accident or corruption, and all the girl was pretending to be frightened of was ghosts.
Whatever the case, she creeps to the roving bachelor for comfort, and gets what she came for. The Irish have it as a sentimental piece of blarney, the Scots as a brief bawdy guffaw; students have coarsened the song, and Benjamin Britten has refined it.
The East Anglian country-folk have it straightest, and sing it without a laugh or a tear or a nudge in the ribs, just as it happened. The Foggy Dew is known all over Britain, yet rarely seen in its full form in print, which is odd, for the song is eminently decent in its best traditional forms. It's not a drinking song, but it's often sung in drinking places. Alan Lomax noted on the original recording:. Its centre of dispersal seems to have been the Suffolk-Norfolk area, where it still can be heard being roared out in remote country pubs….
This ribald variant has been frequently broadcast over the BBC, which in spite of its occasional stodginess, makes our American radio and television networks seem old-maidish. To me, it's the only version that doesn't have a sneer behind it; it's truly tender and loving.
He also sang it in a live recording from St. Lloyd noted:. The Foggy Dew is not all that long, and as it generally survives its narrative is modest, yet it just about sneaks into the ballad category. In the older versions of the piece, the plot is fuller. He bribes a neighbour to dress like a ghost and frighten the girl into his bed. In this form, the song is usually called: The Bugaboo.
Cecil Sharp found this version in Callaway, LP), Va. It was included in on his Musical Traditions anthology A Broadside. Rod Stradling noted:. A very well-known song all over the Anglophone world, with instances in Roud. In its original form, an apprentice seduces his master's daughter with the help of a friend disguised as a ghost or bugaboo.
The accompanying booklet notes for the latter were clearly written without knowledge of the Thomson article mentioned above. Burl Ives' well-known recorded version of the song was probably learnt from Carl Sandburg's American Songbagand has informed much of the US and UK oral tradition ever since.
Barbara Dickson sang The Foggy Dew in a folk club performance recorded in between and They noted:. Here is our ghost, and one in all probability contrived by the artful lover, but we still don't know where the foggy dew comes The Foggy.
This version of the song, however, does come from the vast repertoire of Harry Cox, of Catfield, Norfolk. The notes to this song are quite similar to those of Bob Hart's above but Mike Yates added:. This track was also included in on his Veteran anthology A Shropshire Lad. Common as anything thirty years ago; this is a great song that is only rarely heard these days. It could have something to do with Kenneth Williams' parody of the Burl Ives version. Pete's version is definitely in the English country mode; and all the better for it!
Pete learnt this so long ago that he can't recall the source. Martin Carthy sang a much longer version than Lloyd with a tragic end—and which only shares two verses with Lloyd—in in on his album Waiting for Angels and live in December at Ruskin Mill.
Mike Waterson will occasionally sing The Foggy Dew to the tune which he learned from a recording of the stentorian Norfolk singer Phil Hammond. Harry Cox's singing in exquisite always but the sentiments of that song leave me not feeling too good, so I burgled its tune and this is the result. He noted:. I see it as a far sadder and less comedic song than Britten and Peter Pears did though, and I've altered the tune to fit.
I first learnt a version of this song at junior school, probably taken from a Cecil Sharp collection. Later, I found other versions, one of which had the words. At that time I thought that this was a bit naughty and I liked the song very much. The last verse is variable, or has become soand whether the girl marries me, the singer, or another, is often changed at the very last moment depending upon the mood at the time. For those interested I would suggest A. In both of these versions the girl gets pregnant too but they both have a happy ending.
Fortunately, the folk tradition also kept the song alive in this glorious version that I learned from the singing of Dave Fletcher and Bill Whaley, two fine English singers. Most areas of the British Isles boast a variant of this song.
I first heard a version sung by a good friend of mine, Graham Moore. However this is his tune, with the words taken from the book The Seeds of Love.
Brian [Mac Gloinn] learned this version of the song first from a recording of A. Dick was the landlord of the White Lion Pub. He called the song The Batchelor Song. Dick considered The Foggy Dew to be a racy song.
Burl Ives was thrown into jail for thirty days for singing a very close variant to the one included here. It did not stop him singing it, he included three verses in a Hollywood movie in Dick Corbett's ashes were spread over Lewsdon Hill in Dorset, a carpet of bluebells in the summer and no doubt a bit of Foggy Dew in the winter. I courted her one summertime, and all the winter too. And the only, only thing that I never should 'ave done Was to save her from the foggy, foggy dew.
One night she come to my bedside, time I lay fast asleep. She puts her head down on my bed, and she starts in to weep. We was all right in the wintertime, and in the summer, too. And I held her tight that live long night To save her from the foggy, foggy dew. And truth to tell, she learned that well, She saved us from the foggy, foggy dew. We was all right in the summer time, and in the winter, too. And every single time I look into his face, I see the eyes of that fair young maid. It reminds me of the summertime, and of the winter, too.
And the many, many nights she laid in my arms, Just to save her from the foggy, foggy dew. When I was a bachelor both early and young, I followed the weaving trade, And all the harm that ever I done Was courting a servant maid.
I courted her all the summer season and a part of the winter, too. Many a time I rolled her in my arms all on the foggy dew. I courted her most dearly, most dearly as my life. At the start of the 20th century that looked set to change as political negotiations had led the British Government to consider a Home Rule Bill.
However, all such moves were suspended by the British at the outbreak of the First World War, leaving the Irish unsure as to whether they would achieve independence. However, while many Irish people supported the war effort, many others questioned whether Irish soldiers should be employed fighting for Britain and felt they should be fighting for Ireland instead. The Foggy Irish nationalists also saw a supreme irony in the concept that the war was ostensibly being fought to protect small nations — Belgium having been invaded by Germany.
Those nationalists pointed out that Ireland too was a small nation and had been occupied by The Foggy British for centuries. It too should be allowed to be free. A small group of Irish nationalists staged a rebellion at Easter time in The rebellion was quickly put down by the British army and many of the rebels were later executed. The rebellion produced mixed emotions amongst Irish people at that time.
Many did not support the rebels and felt the rising was a mistake. However, their sentiments changed when the British decided to execute the rebels as a warning to others. Far from acting as a warning to the others, the heavy handed tactics increased support for the nationalist cause among ordinary Irish citizens. Click through to our series of readable articles on the Easter Rising to find out more. Leaders Executed Public Reaction.
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