On The Banks of Allan Waters Traditional Folk

Released August 28, 2019

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Composition

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James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
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Traditional song arranged by James Fraser
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Kris Pride ("KrisPride")
Bay City MI USA
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Vocals

Sound Recording

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James Fraser ("offthewall")
South Shields near Newcastle Tyneside United Kingdom
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Composition, all instruments, production.
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Kris Pride ("KrisPride")
Bay City MI USA
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Vocals
Artist's Notes

The inspiration for this song occurred when I had my 'antique collector' hat on.
I acquired a long sought-after Symphonion, a fore-runner to the gramophone that plays perforated metal discs.
One of the discs that came with it was this tune, which is used to introduce the song.

 

'On the Banks of Allan Water' is believed to have been written by Matthew Lewis (1775-1818), the English author, socialite and one-time member of parliament best known for his gothic novel 'The Monk'. Although Lewis was an Englishman, his song refers to a Scottish river, the Allan Water, which rises in the Ochil Hills and joins the Forth south of Bridge of Allan. The song became very popular and features in Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel 'Far From the Madding Crowd'.

Lyrics

On the banks of Allan Water
When the sweet spring time did fall,
Was the miller?s lovely daughter
Fairest of them all
For his bride a soldier sought her
And a winning tongue had he
On the banks of Allan Water
None so gay as she

On the banks of Allan Water
When brown autumn spread his store
There I saw the miller?s daughter
But she smiled no more
For the summer, grief had brought her
And the soldier false was he
On the banks of Allan Water
None so sad as she

On the banks of Allan Water
When the winter snow fell fast
Still was seen the miller?s daughter
Chilling blew the blast
But the miller?s lovely daughter
Both from cold and care was free
On the banks of Allan Water
There a corpse lay she