Can Ye O'er Frae France Trad Arr. casetone2514





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Uploaded on Jan 24, 2010

I was watching Weegingayin's Piper O' Dundee video the other day http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCitb-... and commented that he should do Cam Ye O'er Fra France as I like the song but I am not confident with the brogue but then I though: "What the hell. I've sung in German (I don't speak German) and Swedish (even less idea about Swedish!) French and in an Estuary English, Barnsley and Geordie accent/dialect so why not give it a go! I've made a pillock of myself enough times that it now, no longer matters how stupid I look or sound.

OK. My two favourite versions of this are by The Corries and (yes, you've guessed) Steeleye Span and so I have based my arrangement very strongly on their two versions.

As Weegingayin stated in his sidebar to the Piper O' Dundee, The three Jacobite Uprisings spawned a wealth of great music borne of frustration, resentment and oppression. This song dates from the second uprising and the installation of George I in place of James II.

George was an unpopular choice for King by the Scots and many English and a bit of a wildcard choice as he was German, Didn't speak English and had never even been to Britain before becoming it's King. He was also a philanderer which was a good hook to parody and whip him in verse and song.

Madame Schulemburg was one of his favourite Mistresses and was nicknamed The Goose. She is the "goosie" referred to in this song. The Blade is the Count Koningsmark. Bobbing John is John, Earl of Mar, who was at the time recruiting Highlanders for the Hanoverian cause, but was renowned for quick changes of allegiance - hence "Bobbing". Geordie Whelps is, of course, George I himself.

By the time this song came about, the wearing of the Tartan had been outlawed as an act of rebellion, hence the references to the plaid in the song and the Stewart herir to the throne was in France, supposedly getting an army of French Catholics together to defeat the House of Hanover and the Jacobites were waiting for their "king" to come back and "dance a jig wi' Geordie" - ie defeat him in battle.

Some words you may not know:
Kittle Housie=Brothel
Linkin=Tripping along
Wab=Web (or length) of cloth
Has and Mailins=Houses and Farmlands

Cam ye oer frae France?
Cam ye doon by Lunnon?
Saw ye Geordie Whelps
and his bonnie woman?
Oh, werent ye at the place
called the Kittle Housie?
Saw ye Geordies grace
a-ridin on a goosie?

Geordie, hes a man,
there is little doot ot,
And hes done a he can,
all can dae wioot it,
Doon there cam a blade,
linkin like ma lordie,
He wad drive a trade
at the loom o Geordie.

Though the claith were bad,
blythly may we niffer
Gin we git oor wab,
it makes little differ,
we hae tint oor plaid,
bonnet, belt and swordie
Has and mailins braid,
but we hae oor Geordie.

Jockys gone to France,
and Montgomerys lady
there will learn to dance;
madam, are ye ready?
Theyll be back belyve,
belted brisk and lordly,
Brawly, may they thrive
to dance a jig wi Geordie!

Hey for Sandy Don,
hey for Cockalorum,
Hey for Bobbin John,
and his Hielan quorum!
Mony a sword and lance
swings at Hielan hurdie;
How theyll skip and dance
oer the bum o Geordie!

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