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A Gown of Seaweed Green


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elfdaughter

 Genre: A Cappella

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I know, I've not sung anything acapella for AGES!! I didn't want to do anything to this piece - this is exactly how it'll be performed on Tuesday when I sing it live.... *gulp* (as I'll have no instruments available...)

Plus, I wanted it to be as simple as possible - it's a lament, after all, and a ghost story. This is a true bardic song - storytelling in song form.

Feel free to put your own tweaks to it - just show me! :D
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Uploaded: Oct 26, 2012 - 04:11:04 PM
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2012 - 04:11:04 PM Last Played: Feb 21, 2017 - 03:31:09 PM
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Philip18 said 1854 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Beautiful
A very pretty song song with a nice breathy and gentle tone. Seems to be a bit of a background buzz somewhere in the recording? Personally I think a few guitars wouldn't go astray to add some variety to the arrangement - but I enjoyed listening to the story and to your singing.
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Demeter7 said 1854 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Very gentle
with a lovely sound. Would you post the lyrics, please? Thanks.
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Feter said 1854 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Green
wonderful performance , the possibilities of what to add is so wide and open but I like it as is ..this is spiritual as is !
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davajonah said 1854 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Nice!
Wonderful delivery too. Off course, if there were an accompaniment, it should be traditional instruments. But I think this would be really nice with a mournful synth-pad backing too, just gently done, obviously. Are you making it available? I may like to try if you are. BPM and posted lyrics would be really good.

It's a lovely song.
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elfdaughter said 1854 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Thank you!
Yes, it is available! Please feel free to do whatever you want with it! :D
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davajonah said 1853 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Thanks!
I may have a little play. I will PM if I do. Nice one!
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Doug Somers said 1849 days ago (November 1st, 2012)
Go Dave Go!!!
As everyone says, it doesn't by any means need a backing but it would make for an interesting variation on the original. It would be in good hands with you sir.

Cheers,
Doug
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PeterB7858 said 1854 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
A Gown of Seaweed Green
You have a lovely, gentle voice Averil. I found this unaccompanied rendition quite engaging and subtly hypnotic. Perhaps a medieval lute and/or wind instrument would sound nice. Perhaps Vic could add some recorders? Good luck with the live performance. Regards, Peter.
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SylviaD said 1854 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Wonderful
This is very beautiful! Your accapella voice is amazingly soft and soothing. I hope someone will pick up on your invite and add just the right backing.
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Les_Kloo said 1854 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Darkly charming
I love the delivery. This doesn't absolutely NEED to have accompaniment. But it's long enough that some instrumentation sneaking in at two or three minutes could help to accentuate the atmosphere. I think davajonah would do something wonderful. In any case, much enjoyed. Would be nice to see the lyrics posted. Seems like an interesting story.
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davajonah said 1853 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
How kind of you to say that.
And you are spot on. It really doesn't need anything. So whatever I do doesn't matter really! I cannot ruin it, because if I do, no one will ever know! ;)
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elfdaughter said 1854 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Thanks, all!
Thanks, everyone! Phillip - I know, not much I can do about that, I'm afraid!!

OK, lyrics are:
"I will return, my love," he said.
"Watch for my sail a year today.
Go doon tae the dock wi' yer lantern brit,
And guide my ship upon her way."

So doon she went tae the misty dock,
Doon she went wi' lantern brit,
Doon she went wi' staff in hand,
On that dright autumn night.

Now on the dock she stood alane,
The lantern high above her head.
The mist swirled thick but then she saw
A sail, as her love had said.

Doon he stepped onto the dock,
And strange the yew leaves in his hair,
"I cannae stay, my love," he said,
"Soon I must awa' frae here."

His staff was but a broken oar,
His claethes were o' the seaweed green,
And as he stepped ontae the dock,
His e'e held a glimmerin' sheen.

"O no!" She cried intae his arms,
"Tell me that it isn't sae!
"Will ye no' spend the night at least,
Afore ye tell me ye must gae?"

"A night, I will, but only ane,
Afore the hounds of hell arrive,
At dawn I leave, for then the dogs
Will back intae the sea me drive."

And so they went, hand in hand
Fram the dock te her cottage fair,
And through the nicht he held her close,
The smell o' the sea mingling wi' her hair.

But soon the nicht had all but spent,
And thrice the cockrel called the day,
Rising fram his lover's bed,
The sailor cried "I must away!"

"The hounds o' hell are drawin' close,
They soon will track me doon, I fear,
And gin I'm missed out o' me place,
I must flee noo, awa' fram here!"

"Oh nae," she cried, her arms spread wide,
"Tell me that it cannae be!
If ye must gang awa', my love,
Tell me when I can see thee?"

"Alas me love, I cannae say,
For the gates o' hell are strong and wide,
Nae man has e'er broached them yet,
And I am buried deep inside."

Then bricht the sun shone in the room,
Bricht it came in through the door,
And wi'out a word the phantom love
Was gone and left her heart sae sore.

She sat doon and began tae weep,
Each tear wringing oot her heart,
Till the sun sank doon tae sleep,
And the moon rose up tae play her part.

She drew her shawl aboot her tight,
And tae the dock was her weary tread,
And standing on the shore she cried
"I cannae believe my love is dead!"

Nae reply came tae her,
Nae opening o' the gates o' hell,
Nae sail on the distant shore,
Nae ringing o' the sailor's bell.

The water here was cald and dright,
Seeping up intae her banes
And lang she lay and cast adrift
Amang the weathered shingle-stanes.

Her hair like lily-stems floated,
and when they pulled her to shore,
They said her face was calm and fair,
A beauty fit for lore.

Who can say if she found her love,
But on a night, she can still be seen
Pacin' out that misty dock,
Clad in a gown of seaweed green.


Doon - down
Brit - Bright
dright - scottish word meaning horrible weather
alane - alone
gin - before
stane - stone
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Alannah said 1853 days ago (October 28th, 2012)
Very ....
.. pretty .... and gentle ....
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PrototypeEightyOne said 1849 days ago (November 1st, 2012)
Softness.
Very calm and soothing voice. Well done. Halloween circa 1200 AD?
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elfdaughter said 1847 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
1200 AD
Yes, or thereabouts! :D
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Doug Somers said 1848 days ago (November 1st, 2012)
Lovely Lament
This reminds me a little of The Lady of Shallott and other old songs that came from verse. (Demeter7/Char sang 'She walked through the fair' a year or so ago which is also in a similar school).

You have a lovely voice that rings true as a troubadour passing down the story in the oral tradition. I can hear this with simple accompaniment as well as the form in which you released it (which would make for a very interesting challenge given the length of the piece and the desire for tonal variety as it progresses). I also like this is just as it is since it has a very intimate quality, almost told like a secret story one person to another.

Thanks for the post! It's good to hear these Celtic tunes around here.

Doug
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elfdaughter said 1847 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
Thank you!
Thank you very much!
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SmokeyVW said 1848 days ago (November 1st, 2012)
wonderful
i find, over time, that i really prefer what i'd call "pure music" - it's so human and real...

you did a wonderful job here. i hope it went well with your performance

many thanks
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elfdaughter said 1847 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
Thank you!
Thanks, Smokey! And yes, it went really well!
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Six-Nail-Coffin said 1848 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
What a fantastic song.
Count me a fan.
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elfdaughter said 1847 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
:D
Thank you!
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Diviner said 1844 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
very interesting
loving the bardic vibe. lovely voice. would love to add music, but my expertise is non existent unless its set to a steady bpm. enjoyed listening to this though
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Name: Averil "Tincolindo" White
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