Interesting Facts about Lowlands Away (A) (ii)
Strangely enough, C. F. Smith gives Lowlands Away (A) (ii) it as a halyard shanty, It is maybe because it doesn’t have a grand chorus, and in Stans Hugill’s theory from -“The Bosuns Locker” book, is that four-line construction – two solos and two intermittent refrains (more details you can find there).
Its “Dead Lover” theme definitely originated in Scotland or North England.
This “dead lover” pattern one I sing, of four is:
“The dead lover is a female”
another three patterns are:
“The dead lover is a male”,
“Sailor’s dream of his sweetheart”
“Later southern States version”
The source of this sea shanty
The music: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 65).
The lyrics: “Shanties from the Seven Seas” by Stan Hugill (1st ed p 66, 67).
The Record of the Lowlands Away (A) (ii)
You also can find this record on my YouTube channel here or directly listen below. Additionally, if you want to share your opinion about the record or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here, or leave a comment at the bottom of this blog article.
The musical notation
The full lyrics
Lowlands Away (A) (ii)
– Low-lands, Lowlands, away, my John,
– Lowlands away I heard them say,
– My Lowlands away.
* 1 *
I dreamed a dream the other night,
– Lowlands, Lowlands, away, my John.
My love she came dressed all in white,
– My Lowlands away.
* 2 *
I dreamed my love came in my sleep,
Her cheeks were wet, her eyes did weep.
* 3 *
She came to me as my best bride (at mt bed-side),
All dressed in white like some fair bride.
* 4 *
And bravely in her bosom fair,
A red, red rose did my love wear.
* 5 *
She made no sound-no word she said,
And then I knew my love was dead.
* 6 *
I bound the weeper round my head,
For now I knew my love was dead.
* 7 *
She waved her hand-she said goodbye,
I wiped the tear from out my eye.
* 8 *
And then awoke to hear the cry,
‘Oh, watch on deck, oh, watch ahoy!’