A Not-So-Innocent Nightingale

Earlier this week we rediscovered the beautiful Jackie Oates.  On her “Saturnine” album is her version of the old Cornish classic “The Sweet Nightingale” and we agreed we absolutely had to do a version as well.  So thanks Jackie!

At first listen this sounds like a sweet little courting song that ends in a happily ever after.  However the “sweet nightingale” isn’t some metaphor for a young couple’s love, rather a sexual euphemism! When the male protagonist is promising the lady the she will hear the sweet nightingale as she sings in the valley below, he’s basically trying to pull!

The ‘Pretty Maid’ puts up a bit of a fight at first but in the original version of the song her defence lasts all of one verse. Rob likes to think that’s because the man had the best “game” in history, but Becca wanted her to be a bit more feisty, yet still in-keeping with the history of the song, so in our version she will only consent once the couple are married.  A happily-every-after after all!

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A Slightly Delayed Return to Music

Once again we need to start this blog with a little apology for being late.  When we started this project we had no idea that normal life would get in the way so much!!  But we’re back again, and don’t worry you will get a full year’s worth of songs, we’ll just add them on to the end 🙂

This week we’ve crossed the pond again and taken another folk tune from the Appalachian region: Shady Grove.

Like many of the Appalachian folk tunes, this one has it’s roots back in England (or maybe Scotland).  The song originates as a variation on the tune Matty Groves; a Child Ballad that will be featuring later on in our project.  The tune is still very similar to Matty Groves but the real changes have been the lyrical adaptations.  Where Matty Groves is a classic tale of a noble lady finding comfort in the arms of a man of the lower classes, Shady Grove is more a standard love song with a man proclaiming how much he loves his lady (although we’ve adapted it to be from the female perspective).  The lyrics may have aged a bit as Becca thinks that this display of affection is a tad stalker-ish!

We slightly messed up the end of this one…well Rob did but it was his birthday yesterday and he had wine so he’s forgiven! But nevertheless we hope you enjoy this one, and we’ll try not to have too many more delays in the future!