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Folk Song

X:1 T: Tam Lin T: The Howling Wind C: Davey Arthur N:Words from the research carried out by Abigail Acland. N:Please visit her website for much more information about this song N:and its background. Z:webmaster M: C| L: 1/8 K: Am (F | "Am"~E2) AE cEAE | "F"~F2 AF cFAF | "G"~G2 BG dGBd | "Am"cBAG "G"AGED | | "Am"~E2 AE cEAE | "F"~F2 AF cFAF | "G"~G2 BG dGBd | "G"cBAG "Am"A3 :| |: (g | "Am"a)ged c2A(g | "Am"a)ged c2A(^f | "G"~g2)dg Bgdg | ~g2dg Bgdg | | "Am"aged c2Ag | aged c2AG | "F"FEFG AGAB | "G"cBAG "Am"A3 :| % W:1 W:O I forbid you, maidens a', W:That wear gowd on your hair, W:To come or gae by Carterhaugh, W:For young Tam Lin is there. W: W:2 W:There's nane that gaes by Carterhaugh W:But they leave him a wad, W:Either their rings, or green mantles, W:Or else their maidenhead. W: W:3 W:Janet has kilted her green kirtle W:A little aboon her knee, W:And she has broded her yellow hair W:A little aboon her bree, W: W:4 W:And she's awa to Carterhaugh W:As fast as she can hie. W:When she came to carterhaugh W:Tam Lin was at the well, W: W:5 W:And there she fand his steed standing, W:But away was himsel. W:She had na pu'd a double rose, W:A rose but only twa, W: W:6 W:Till upon then started young Tam Lin, W:Says, Lady, thou's pu nae mae. W:Why pu's thou the rose, Janet, W:And why breaks thou the wand? W: W:7 W:Or why comes thou to Carterhaugh W:Withoutten my command? W:"Carterhaugh, it is my own, W:My daddy gave it me, W: W:8 W:I'll come and gang by Carterhaugh, W:And ask nae leave at thee." W:Janet has kilted her green kirtle W:A little aboon her knee, W: W:9 W:And she has broded her yellow hair W:A little aboon her bree, W:And she is to her father's ha, W:As fast as she can hie. W: W:10 W:Four and twenty ladies fair W:Were playing at the ba, W:And out then came the fair Janet, W:The flower among them a'. W: W:11 W:Four and twenty ladies fair W:Were playing at the chess, W:And out then came the fair Janet, W:As green as onie glass. W: W:12 W:Out then spake an auld grey knight, W:Lay oer the castle wa, W:And says, Alas, fair Janet, for thee, W:But we'll be blamed a'. W: W:13 W:"Haud your tongue, ye auld fac'd knight, W:Some ill death may ye die! W:Father my bairn on whom I will, W:I'll father none on thee." W: W:14 W:Out then spak her father dear, W:And he spak meek and mild, W:"And ever alas, sweet Janet," he says, W:"I think thou gaest wi child." W: W:15 W:"If that I gae wi child, father, W:Mysel maun bear the blame, W:There's neer a laird about your ha, W:Shall get the bairn's name. W: W:16 W:"If my love were an earthly knight, W:As he's an elfin grey, W:I wad na gie my ain true-love W:For nae lord that ye hae. W: W:17 W:The steed that my true love rides on W:Is lighter than the wind, W:Wi siller he is shod before, W:Wi burning gowd behind." W: W:18 W:Janet has kilted her green kirtle W:A little aboon her knee, W:And she has broded her yellow hair W:A little aboon her bree, W: W:19 W:And she's awa to Carterhaugh W:As fast as she can hie. W:When she came to Carterhaugh, W:Tam Lin was at the well, W: W:20 W:And there she fand his steed standing, W:But away was himsel. W:She had na pu'd a double rose, W:A rose but only twa, W: W:21 W:Till up then started young Tam Lin, W:Says, Lady, thou pu's nae mae. W:"Why pu's thou the rose, Janet, W:Amang the groves sae green, W: W:22 W:And a' to kill the bonny babe W:That we gat us between?" W:"O tell me, tell me, Tam Lin," she says, W:"For's sake that died on tree, W: W:23 W:If eer ye was in holy chapel, W:Or christendom did see?" W:"Roxbrugh he was my grandfather, W:Took me with him to bide W: W:24 W:And ance it fell upon a day W:That wae did me betide. W:"And ance it fell upon a day W:A cauld day and a snell, W: W:25 W:When we were frae the hunting come, W:That frae my horse I fell, W:The Queen o' Fairies she caught me, W:In yon green hill do dwell. W: W:26 W:"And pleasant is the fairy land, W:But, an eerie tale to tell, W:Ay at the end of seven years, W:We pay a tiend to hell, W: W:27 W:I am sae fair and fu o flesh, W:I'm feard it be mysel. W:"But the night is Halloween, lady, W:The morn is Hallowday, W: W:28 W:Then win me, win me, an ye will, W:For weel I wat ye may. W:"Just at the mirk and midnight hour W:The fairy folk will ride, W: W:29 W:And they that wad their true-love win, W:At Miles Cross they maun bide." W:"But how shall I thee ken, Tam Lin, W:Or how my true-love know, W: W:30 W:Amang sa mony unco knights, W:The like I never saw?" W:"O first let pass the black, lady, W:And syne let pass the brown, W: W:31 W:But quickly run to the milk-white steed, W:Pu ye his rider down. W:"For I'll ride on the milk-white steed, W:And ay nearest the town, W: W:32 W:Because I was an earthly knight W:They gie me that renown. W:"My right hand will be gloved, lady, W:My left hand will be bare, W: W:33 W:Cockt up shall my bonnet be, W:And kaimed down shall my hair, W:And thae's the takens I gie thee, W:Nae doubt I will be there. W: W:34 W:They'll turn me in your arms, lady, W:Into an esk and adder, W:But hold me fast, and fear me not, W:I am your bairn's father. W: W:35 W:They'll turn me to a bear sae grim, W:And then a lion bold, W:But hold me fast, and fear me not, W:And ye shall love your child. W: W:36 W:"Again they'll turn me in your arms W:To a red het gand of airn, W:But hold me fast, and fear me not, W:I'll do you nae harm. W: W:37 W:"And last they'll turn me in your arms W:Into the burning gleed, W:Then throw me into well water, W:O throw me in with speed. W: W:38 W:"And then I'll be your ain true-love, W:I'll turn a naked knight, W:Then cover me wi your green mantle, W:And hide me out o sight." W: W:39 W:Gloomy, gloomy was the night, W:And eerie was the way, W:As fair Jenny in her green mantle W:To Miles Cross she did gae. W: W:40 W:At the mirk and midnight hour W:She heard the bridles sing, W:She was as glad at that W:As any earthly thing. W: W:41 W:First she let the black pass by, W:And syne she let the brown, W:But quickly she ran to the milk-white steed, W:And pu'd the rider down. W: W:42 W:Sae weel she minded what he did say, W:And young Tam Lin did win, W:Syne covered him wi her green mantle, W:As blythe's a bird in spring W: W:43 W:Out then spak the Queen o Fairies, W:Out of a bush o broom, W:"Them that has gotten young Tam Lin W:Has gotten a stately-groom." W: W:44 W:Out then spak the Queen o Fairies, W:And an angry woman was she, W:"Shame betide her ill-far'd face, W:And an ill death may she die, W: W:45 W:For she's taen awa the bonniest knight W:In a' my companie. W:"But had I kend, Tam Lin," said she, W:"What now this night I see, W: W:46 W:I wad hae taen out thy twa grey een, W:And put in twa een o tree." % % % % %

					
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