Annotation:Sair Feyl'd Hinny

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SAIR FYEL'D HINNY (Sin I Ken'd Thou). AKA and see “Young and lusty was I.” English, Air (3/4 time). England, Northumberland/County Durham. C Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The song "Sair Fyel'd Hinn" [Roud 3062] describes the felling of a tree as a lament to getting old. The refrain, 'sair fyeld, sin aa kenned thou.', translates as 'sorely felled since I knew you'. Hinny is a Geordie term of affection, akin to 'mate' or 'buddy'. The song title appears in Henry Robson's list of popular Northumbrian song and dance tunes ("The Northern Minstrel's Budget"), which he published c. 1800.

Sair fyel'd, hinny, Sair fyel'd now;
Sair fyel'd, hinny, Sin' I ken'd thou.
Aw was young and lusty,
Aw was fair and clear;
Aw was young and lusty,
Mony a lang year. .... (Bruce & Stokoe)

A Jesmond singing teacher, Ernest J Potts, recorded "Sair Fyel'd Hinny" in 1927. See also note for “annotation:I was young and lusty when I kent ye.”

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; p. 92. William Gillies Whittaker (North Countrie Songs), 1921.

Recorded sources: - Fellside Recordings FECD218, Graham & Sam Pirt - "Dance ti' Thee Daddy" (2008). Harbourtown Records, Pegleg Ferret - "Not Fooling Anyone" (). Topic Records ‎TOP 75, Louis Killen - "Northumbrian Garland" (1962). Topic Records TSCD 498, High Level Ranters - "Along the Coaly Tyne." Kathryn Tickell - "Northumbrian Collection."

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