Laddie Lie Near Me

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LADDIE LIE NEAR ME. AKA - "Lassie Lie Near Me." English, Scottish; Air (3/4 time). E Minor (Aird): D Minor (Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. England, Northumberland. The song was published in James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, vol. 3 [1] (1790) and was attributed to Thomas Blacklock (1721-91), a friend and fellow poet of Robert Burns. The tune was supplied by editor Johnson, and was not known to Burns, according to John Glen (Early Scots Melodies, 1900). The lyric begins:

Hark the loud tempest shakes Earth to its center,
How mad were the talk on a journey to venture,
How dismal my prospect of life, I am weary,
O listen my love I beseech thee to hear me.
Hear me, hear me, in tenderness hear me,
All the long winter night Laddie be near me.

The title also appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes ("The Northern Minstrel's Budget"), which he published c. 1800.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5), Glasgow, 1797; No. 122, p. 47. Johnson (Scots Musical Museum, vol. 3), 1790; pp. 226-227.

Recorded sources: Elektra EKS-7274, Jean Redpath - "Laddy Lie Near Me" (1963). Taylor Park Music, Connie Drover - "The Wishing Well" (1994).

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Hear the song sung by Connie Drover on youtube.com [2]




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