Genre: Folk
BPM: 120
Released: October 2018
URL: /sndblnd.co/3i2E

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Young Waters




Composition

offthewall

James Fraser ("offthewall")

Traditional song arranged by James Fraser

South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom

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Sound Recording

offthewall

James Fraser ("offthewall")

Arrangement, all instruments, vocal, production.

South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom

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Artist's Notes

This is another of my finds from the Child Ballads (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_Ballads)

 Young Waters   (Child #94)

 The lyrics here were taken from the 1755 ?original? version but slightly Anglicised, from the old Scottish dialect, to make it more understandable today. The tune here is a combination of segments from a number of tunes of that period.

The queen sees Young Waters ride to court. A clever lord asks her to name the comeliest man in the whole company (at court), and her answer is 'Young Waters is the fairest face that ever my eyes did see'. The king is angry that she did not accept him. She tries to appease him, but the king throws Young Waters in prison and executes him.
Child suggests that Young Waters was one of the Scottish nobles executed by James I after returning from his captivity in England.


Lyrics

Oh, about Yule, when the winds blow cold
And the round tables begin
For there is come to our king's court
Many's the well-favoured man.
The queen looked over the castle wall,
Beheld both dale and down,
And there she spied Young Waters
Come a-riding to the town.

 

His footmen they did run before
And his horsemen rode behind;
A mantle of the burning gold
Did keep him from the wind.
Golden harness'd his horse before
And silver shod behind;
The horse Young Waters rode upon
Was swifter than the wind.

 

Then up then spoke a wily lord
And unto the queen says he,
?Oh, tell me whose is the fairest face
Rides in the company??
?Oh, I've seen lord and I've seen laird
And knights of high degree,
But Young Waters is the fairest face
That ever my eyes did see.?

 

Then up then spoke the jealous king
And an angry man was he,
?Oh, if he had of been twice as fair
You might have accepted me.?
?You're neither lord nor laird,? she says,
?But the king that wears the crown.
And there's not a knight in all of Scotland
But to thee must bow down.?

 

But for all that she could do nor say
Appeas-ed he would not be,
And for the words that the queen had spoke
Young Waters he must die.
And they have taken Young Waters
And put fetters on his feet,
And they have taken Young Waters
And thrown him in dungeon deep.

 

?Oft have I ridden through Stirling Town
In the wind both and the wet
But I never rode through Stirling Town
With fetters on my feet.
Oft have I ridden through Stirling Town
In the wind both and the rain
But I never rode through Stirling Town
Never to return again.?

 

Oh, they have taken to the heading hill
His young son in his cradle,
And they have taken to the heading hill
His horse both and his saddle.
And they have taken to the heading hill
His lady fair to see,
And for the words that the queen had spoke
Young Waters he did die.

 

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South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom