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Lyr Req: whores lament

GUEST,juney 22 Oct 09 - 06:33 PM
dick greenhaus 22 Oct 09 - 06:35 PM
GUEST,Young Buchan 23 Oct 09 - 07:10 AM
Lighter 23 Oct 09 - 10:27 AM
Snuffy 24 Oct 09 - 06:06 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: whores lament
From: GUEST,juney
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 06:33 PM

the whores lament was an old folksong which my family often sang at family gatherings in scotland it went:
    ---- a working man came home one night to find his house without a light
    he went into his daughter's room and found her hanging from a beam
    he cut her down ------

    chorus was:
    ------dig my grave and dig it deep
    and lay white lilies at my feet
    and at my head you lay a dove
    to show this world I died for love.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: whores lament
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 06:35 PM

a variant of Butcher's Boy (and Wild Goose Grasses and Tavern in the Town etc.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: whores lament
From: GUEST,Young Buchan
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 07:10 AM

,,, and Young British Waterman and innumerable others. In a sense probably LITERALLY innumerable since the last four lines are in fact one of those floating verses that can be, and were, appended to any song in which a girl gets pregnant and dies. I.e. about 73% of all trad songs!

What marks this 'version' out is the fact that it somehow got taken up by the army (certainly WW2, possibly WW1 as well). It got sung in Sod's Operas and suchlike, where they wanted something short and dirty. Young British Waterman or whatever not really being either they just did a couple of verses and spiced it up with a title like Whore's Lament.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: whores lament
From: Lighter
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 10:27 AM

Yeah, what a weird title for this song. Unless the girl's fooling around qualified her - in the minds of some.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: whores lament
From: Snuffy
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 06:06 AM

Lots of versions on this thread


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