2: King Orfeo
Versions from the Singing Tradition
1: King Orfeo
As sung by John Stickle, Baltasound, Unst
2: King Orfeo
As sung by Kitty Anderson, Shetland
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'King Orfeo' Archive, School of Scottish Studies, rec. No 1955/145/6. Sung by Kitty Anderson, Shetland. Collected by Francis M. Collinson.
1 Der lived a king into da aist
Sconner le groon
Der lived a lady in da wast
Whar yorten han groon varlee
2 Dis king he has a huntin geen
An left his lady Isabel alane
3 Oh, I wiss ye'd never geen away
For at hame it's dule an wae
4 For the King o Faerie wi his dairt
His pierced youy lady ti da hert
5 An eftir them the king is geen
But when he cam it wis a grey stane
6 Dan he took oot his pipes to play
But sir his hert wi dule an wae
7 An first he played da notes o noy
An dan he played da notes o joy
8 Noo he's geen inta dir haa,
An he's geen in among them aa.
9 Dan he took oot his pipes to play
But sair his hert wi dule an wae.
10 Noo tell tae us what you will hae,
What sall we gie you for you play?
11 What I will hae I will you tell
An dat's me Lady Isabel.
12 Yees tak yir lady an yees gane hame
An yees be king o'er aa yir ain.
Sconner le groon (?The wood is green yearly) = Scan arlish groon (?The wood is yearly green)
Whar yorten han groon varlee (?Where the garden grows green yearly) = Whar yorten han gor arlish (?Where the hart goes yearly)
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