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Lyr Req: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen

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The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen (from 'Busking Around The World' posted by John in Brisbane -)


SingsIrish Songs 13 Oct 98 - 12:09 AM
Brack& 13 Oct 98 - 07:13 AM
Wolfgang Hell 13 Oct 98 - 07:16 AM
13 Oct 98 - 11:32 AM
John in Brisbane 13 Oct 98 - 08:29 PM
13 Oct 98 - 08:53 PM
John in Brisbane 08 Nov 99 - 02:18 AM
alison 09 Nov 99 - 12:42 AM
John in Brisbane 09 Nov 99 - 01:48 AM
alison 09 Nov 99 - 01:59 AM
GUEST,Eddie in Coldingham 11 Apr 04 - 06:41 AM
Jim McLean 11 Apr 04 - 08:33 AM
GEST 11 Apr 04 - 10:07 AM
Jim McLean 11 Apr 04 - 10:13 AM
GEST 11 Apr 04 - 10:49 AM
GUEST 16 May 07 - 07:48 AM
Jack Campin 16 May 07 - 08:04 AM
Jack Campin 22 Nov 07 - 07:29 PM
Jim McLean 05 May 10 - 05:38 AM
GUEST,KC (Connached Bairns, Geneva) from web 03 Sep 10 - 07:30 AM
Tootler 25 Oct 10 - 03:55 PM
GUEST,Laura Smith 22 May 12 - 01:18 PM
Jim McLean 22 May 12 - 01:27 PM
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Subject: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: SingsIrish Songs
Date: 13 Oct 98 - 12:09 AM

Any help with these lyrics would be appreciated.

--SingsIrish Songs


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Subject: RE: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: Brack&
Date: 13 Oct 98 - 07:13 AM

I can't be certain of these.......off the top of me head.....

When I was a lad, a bonnie wee lad,
My mother said to me ,
Come see the northern lights my boy ,
They're as bright as they can be ,
She called them the heavenly dancers ,
The merry dancers in the sky ,
I'll never forget that wonderful sight ,
They made the heavens bright ,

Chorus ,
The northern lights of old Aberdeen mean home sweet home to me ,
The northern lights of Aberdeen are where I long to be ,
I've been a wanderer all of my life and many's the sight I've seen ,
God speed the day when I'm on my way to my home in Aberdeen ,

Regards
Mick Bracken


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN
From: Wolfgang Hell
Date: 13 Oct 98 - 07:16 AM

Thisone?:

The Northern Lights

"When I was a lad, a bonnie wee lad,
My mother said tae me,
Go see the Northern Lights my boy,
They're bright as they can be.
She called them the heavenly dancers,
Merry dancers in the sky,
I'll never forget that wonderfull sight,
They made the heavens bright"

"The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen, Mean home sweet home tae me,
The Northern Lights of Aberdeen is what I long to see,
I've been a wanderer all of my life,
And many's the sights I've seen.
But spped the day, when I'm on my way
Tae ma home in Aberdeen."

copied from:
http://www.raik.grid9.net/dons/plain/songs.html

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From:
Date: 13 Oct 98 - 11:32 AM

Thanks to you both!


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 13 Oct 98 - 08:29 PM

This is what I have in print -

Copyright 1952, Mel and Mary Webb.

Chorus (second last line)

'God speed the day....

Second Verse

I've wandered in many far off lands,
And travelled many a mile.
I've missed the folk I've cherished most,
The joy of a friendly smile.
It warms up the heart of the wand'rer,
The clasp of a welcoming hand,
To greet me when I return,
Home to my native land

Regards
John


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Subject: RE: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From:
Date: 13 Oct 98 - 08:53 PM

Again, thanks everyone!

SingsIrish Songs


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Subject: Tune Add: THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 02:18 AM

And here's the tune. (Busking Around The World - Allans Australia) Regards, John

MIDI file: aberdeen.mid

Timebase: 120

TimeSig: 6/8 12 8
Key: D
Tempo: 069 (857143 microsec/crotchet)
Name: THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN
Start
0300 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 66 110 0058 0 66 000 0002 1 69 110 0100 0 69 000 0020 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 74 110 0058 0 74 000 0002 1 73 110 0058 0 73 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0020 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 66 110 0100 0 66 000 0020 1 64 110 0058 0 64 000 0002 1 69 110 0280 0 69 000 0020 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 69 110 0100 0 69 000 0020 1 66 110 0058 0 66 000 0002 1 69 110 0100 0 69 000 0020 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 74 110 0058 0 74 000 0002 1 73 110 0058 0 73 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0020 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 66 110 0100 0 66 000 0020 1 64 110 0058 0 64 000 0002 1 62 110 0298 0 62 000 0002 1 62 110 0058 0 62 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 74 110 0058 0 74 000 0002 1 73 110 0058 0 73 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0020 1 69 110 0100 0 69 000 0020 1 62 110 0028 0 62 000 0002 1 62 110 0028 0 62 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 74 110 0058 0 74 000 0002 1 73 110 0058 0 73 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 73 110 0298 0 73 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 66 110 0058 0 66 000 0002 1 69 110 0100 0 69 000 0020 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 74 110 0058 0 74 000 0002 1 73 110 0058 0 73 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0020 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 66 110 0100 0 66 000 0020 1 64 110 0058 0 64 000 0002 1 62 110 0298 0 62 000 0002 1 57 110 0058 0 57 000 0002 1 62 110 0100 0 62 000 0020 1 62 110 0058 0 62 000 0002 1 66 110 0100 0 66 000 0020 1 66 110 0058 0 66 000 0002 1 64 110 0100 0 64 000 0020 1 62 110 0028 0 62 000 0002 1 64 110 0028 0 64 000 0002 1 62 110 0100 0 62 000 0020 1 62 110 0058 0 62 000 0002 1 71 110 0100 0 71 000 0020 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0280 0 69 000 0020 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 71 110 0100 0 71 000 0020 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 67 110 0100 0 67 000 0020 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0100 0 69 000 0020 1 66 110 0058 0 66 000 0002 1 64 110 0100 0 64 000 0020 1 62 110 0058 0 62 000 0002 1 64 110 0100 0 64 000 0020 1 64 110 0058 0 64 000 0002 1 66 110 0100 0 66 000 0020 1 62 110 0058 0 62 000 0002 1 69 110 0298 0 69 000 0002 1 57 110 0058 0 57 000 0002 1 62 110 0100 0 62 000 0020 1 62 110 0058 0 62 000 0002 1 66 110 0100 0 66 000 0020 1 66 110 0058 0 66 000 0002 1 64 110 0058 0 64 000 0002 1 62 110 0058 0 62 000 0002 1 64 110 0058 0 64 000 0002 1 62 110 0100 0 62 000 0020 1 62 110 0058 0 62 000 0002 1 71 110 0100 0 71 000 0020 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0298 0 69 000 0002 1 69 110 0058 0 69 000 0002 1 71 110 0100 0 71 000 0020 1 67 110 0058 0 67 000 0002 1 74 110 0100 0 74 000 0020 1 71 110 0028 0 71 000 0002 1 71 110 0028 0 71 000 0002 1 69 110 0100 0 69 000 0020 1 66 110 0058 0 66 000 0002 1 74 110 0100 0 74 000 0020 1 74 110 0028 0 74 000 0002 1 74 110 0028 0 74 000 0002 1 74 110 0100 0 74 000 0020 1 71 110 0058 0 71 000 0002 1 73 110 0100 0 73 000 0020 1 74 110 0058 0 74 000 0002 1 74 110 0330 0 74 000
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ABC format:

X:1
T:The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen
M:6/8
Q:1/4=69
K:D
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-G61/60A14/15G21/20F119/60E61/60|-E/30A301/60A14/15A/60|
-A59/30F21/20A119/60A|-A/20d14/15c21/20B14/15A91/30|
G21/20A14/15G21/20F119/60E14/15D/20|-D149/30D31/30|
-D/60B14/15G21/20B21/20d14/15c21/20B14/15A/30|
-A3A119/60D7/15D11/20|-D/30B14/15G21/20B14/15d21/20c21/20B14/15c/60|
-c5A|-A/20A14/15A21/20F14/15A119/60A21/20|
d21/20c14/15B21/20A35/12G/20|-GA21/20G14/15F119/60E31/30|
-E/60D301/60A,14/15D/30|-D39/20D21/20F119/60F61/60|
-F/30E119/60D7/15E7/15D21/10D14/15B/60|-B59/30B21/20G14/15A21/20B|
-B/20A49/10A21/20|B119/60B21/20G119/60B14/15A/20|
-A41/20F14/15E119/60D31/30|-D/60E119/60E21/20F119/60D14/15A/30|
-A299/60A,61/60|-A,/30D119/60D14/15F21/10F14/15E/60|
-E31/30D14/15E21/20D119/60D|-D/20B119/60B14/15G21/20A14/15B21/20|
A301/60A14/15B/20|-B41/20G14/15d119/60B7/12B9/20|
-B/60A119/60F21/20d119/60d7/15d7/15d/30|-d39/20B21/20c119/60d61/60|
-d/30d329/60||


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Subject: RE: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: alison
Date: 09 Nov 99 - 12:42 AM

John..... please get in touch with alan or I about posting tunes to Mudcat MIDIS

then people can hear the tunes without "translating" them.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 09 Nov 99 - 01:48 AM

Alison, I've been sending them through to Alan over the last couple of days. Should I not post the Miditext/ABC's here at all? Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: alison
Date: 09 Nov 99 - 01:59 AM

I don't think alan has received them..... at least he hadn't when I asked yesterday.

I think we should still post them here too because some people like to have the ABCs. so I'm doing both.. posting here in MIDItxt and posting a link to the MIDI site.. for people who don't want to "translate" the red writing.

didn't alan send you the info.. so you can post them yourself? We'll do it for you .. if you don't want to... feel free to email me some if you want to share the work out.

slainte

alison


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Subject: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: GUEST,Eddie in Coldingham
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 06:41 AM

HELP! URGENTLY need guitar chords for this - for my Dad's 80th birthday this week!


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Subject: RE: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: Jim McLean
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 08:33 AM

Hi Eddie in Coldingham, if you email me at JawMac@aol.com I'll send tou a jpg scan of a lead sheet with chords.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: GEST
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 10:07 AM

This song is usually said to be traditional but, according to The A to Z of Scottish Places, "the famous song the Northern Lights of Aberdeen was penned by a London woman who had never visited the place."

I have, however, been unable to find any other similar reference or a name of such a London woman. Can anyone shed any light on this?


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Subject: RE: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: Jim McLean
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 10:13 AM

The information has already been posted above, song by Mel and Mary Webb 1952. I spoke with Mary Webb some years ago and, yes, she was English. Another song, Lovely Stornoway, was also written by an Englishman, Bob Halfin.


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Subject: RE: Need Lyrics: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: GEST
Date: 11 Apr 04 - 10:49 AM

Thanks, Jim. It's hard to believe the song has slipped so quickly into traditional status and is thought to be so by so many archivists. At my age, 1952 wasn't that long ago. :-)


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Subject: RE: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: GUEST
Date: 16 May 07 - 07:48 AM

would be grateful for musical notation for accordian


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: Jack Campin
Date: 16 May 07 - 08:04 AM

The song is *well* within copyright, with decades to go yet.
Buy a copy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: Jack Campin
Date: 22 Nov 07 - 07:29 PM

I thought the tune was composed at the same time as the words? In which cse isn't it copyright?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: Jim McLean
Date: 05 May 10 - 05:38 AM

Jack Campin is correct, both words and music are copyright but are available freely on the web. It would be nice if the writers were recognised financially so maybe the publishers have made some arrangement. I know some of my material is published on the web and I don't get a penny. The song is number 5.
Northern Lights Mel and Mary Webb


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: NORTHERN LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN
From: GUEST,KC (Connached Bairns, Geneva) from web
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 07:30 AM

NORTHERN LIGHTS OF OLD ABERDEEN

D F#m G D Em A7 D

When I was a lad, a tiny wee lad, my mother said to me,

D D7 F#m G D Em A7 D

Come see the Northern Lights my boy, they're bright as they can be

G D D7 G F#m

She called them the heavenly dancers, merry dancers in the sky,

D F#m G D Em A7 D

I'll never forget that wonderful sight, they made the heavens bright.

D Bm Em A7 D D7 G A7 D

cho: The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen seem home sweet home to me

G Em A7 D Bm E7 A7

The Northern Lights of Aberdeen are what I want to see

D Bm Em A7 D G D

I've been a wand'rer all of my life and many a sight I've seen.

G Ddim D Bm E7 A7 D

God speed the day when I'm on my way to my home in Aberdeen.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: Tootler
Date: 25 Oct 10 - 03:55 PM

I found this about the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen

The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen song is a traditional Scottish song written by Mary Webb [sic] for a home sick Aberdonian lass who she worked with in a hospital kitchen. Mary Webb was English and lived in London and had never been to Aberdeen, Scotland. She was born in Leamington Spa and was a concert pianist. Her fellow worker was invited to Mary's house for tea and when they were talking about Aberdeen Mary asked if that was where the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, could be seen. Mary Webb composed the words to Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen to cheer up the homesick woman. Mary Webb then sent the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen lyrics to Robert Wilson who was a Scottish tenor. He sang it at the Albert Hall and the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen song grew in popularity. Mary Webb came to Aberdeen and performed the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen at the Tivoli Theatre.

Mary Webb died at Charing Cross Hospital in London aged 88 years. By co-incidence the BBC were making a documentary about her and found that her body had remained unclaimed for three weeks. Her ashes were scattered in the grounds of Kaimhill Crematorium. Her John Broadwood piano on which she composed the Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen was saved by broadcaster, author and journalist Jack Webster who was working for BBC Scotland and presented to Aberdeen Council. It stayed in storage in Kittybrewster before being put on display in 2009 and unveiled by Lord Provost Peter Stephen, Duncan Hendry the head of HMT (His Majesty's Theatre) and Jack Webster. The piano can now be seen in the Mary Garden room of the Aberdeen Music Hall. The documentary about Mary Webb was shown on BBC Scotland in 1989.

Source: http://www.aboutaberdeen.com/northern-lights-of-old-aberdeen.php

I was surprised it was composed so recently. I was born in Aberdeen but have not lived there since the age of eight. I moved away in early 1953 and even so the song has somehow been part of the background to my life. Maybe it is the very singable melody which also helped to catch on in the first place.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: GUEST,Laura Smith
Date: 22 May 12 - 01:18 PM

Hello to you all,
I am looking for a way to ask permission to quote from this song for a written work in the US. The song will not be preformed, but I would like to use a portion of the lyrics in print. Do you have any advice on how to seek permission? All I know so far is that "The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen" was originally published by James Kerr Publishers in 1952. Written by Mel and Mary Webb.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Laura


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: Jim McLean
Date: 22 May 12 - 01:27 PM

I would imagine all you have to do is give credits to the writers and publisher. I know that's what happens when anyone quotes from my songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 12 - 03:03 PM

Thanks for your reply! Publisher requires that I have written permission, but it's proving hard to find the copyright holder since I've read that Ms. Webb is deceased and the original music publisher looks to have gone out of business. I'll keep searching; if anyone knows anything else I'd love to hear.
Many thanks-
Laura


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen
From: Jim McLean
Date: 22 May 12 - 03:21 PM

Mary Webb I's dead and if her publisher has gone out of business, then that should be enough for your publisher. Who is going to sue him/her?


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