The Two Sisters Traditional Folk

Released November 19, 2018

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Composition

PLUS
James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
Other releases
Traditional song arranged by James Fraser

Sound Recording

PLUS
James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
Other releases
All instruments (apart from Fiddle), vocal, production.
Lilah Grace C ("LilahGrace")
United Kingdom
Other releases
Fiddle
Artist's Notes

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

 The Two Sisters. (Child #10)

 There have been many versions of this tale of murder and revenge. The basic storyline can be dated back to 1656 and there are versions from England, Scotland, Scandinavia and central Europe.

Lyrics

The Two Sisters (Child 10) 

Two sisters walked by a miller?s stream,
O the wind and the rain.
The one behind pushed the other one in,
O the dreadful wind and rain. 

One pushed the other then walked alone,
O the wind and the rain
They both loved the miller?s son,
O the dreadful wind and rain. 


The miller's son was a fiddler fair,
O the wind and the rain
He loved the one with golden hair.
O the dreadful wind and rain.


Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam,
O the wind and the rain
He found her in his fathers' dam,
O the dreadful wind and rain.


She floated on down to the miller?s pond,
O the wind and the rain
Atop the dam there swims a swan!
O the dreadful wind and rain.


The millers? son ran down the hill,
O the wind and the rain
Pulled her out of his mill wheel,
O the dreadful wind and rain.


The miller?s son was a fiddler fair,
O the wind and the rain 
He strung his bow with her golden hair,
O the dreadful wind and rain.


He made a little fiddle of her breastbone,
O the wind and the rain
Whose sound would melt a heart of stone,
O the dreadful wind and rain.


The only tune that the fiddle would play,
Was, "O the wind and the rain."
The only tune that the fiddle would play,
Was, "O the dreadful wind and rain." 

He sat it down and it sang alone,
O the wind and the rain
A sister with a heart of stone,
O the dreadful wind and rain.


The only tune it would play again,
Was, "O the wind and the rain,
For your love she threw me in.
O the dreadful wind and rain."