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LOVELY JOAN. English, Air (whole time). "Lovely Joan" [1] is a folk song that was employed by classical composer Ralph Vaughan Williams as the counter-melody in "Fantasia on Greensleeves." The lyric begins:

A fine young man it was indeed,
He was mounted on his milk-white steed;
He rode, he rode himself all alone,
Until he came to lovely Joan.

"Good morning to you, pretty maid."
And, "Twice good morning, sir", she said.
He gave her a wink, she rolled her eye.
Says he to himself, "I'll be there by and by."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Williamson (The Penny Whistle Book), 1977; p. 17.

Recorded sources: Martin Carthy - "Martin Carthy" (1977).




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