Above a Plain
DESCRIPTION: Czech translated to English: "Above a plain of gold and green, A young boy's head is plainly seen. A huya, huya, huyaya, swiftly flowing river (x2). But no, 'tis not his lifted head, 'Tis Ifca's castle spires instead. For our pleasure it was made,..."
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (The Song Book of the Y. W. C. A, according to mudcat.org thread "Origins: Lyr Req/ADD: Above a plain")
KEYWORDS: nonballad campsong
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Averill-CampSongsFolkSongs, pp. 146, 311, 444, "Above a Plain" (notes only)
Tobitt-TheDittyBag, p. 63, "Swiftly Flowing Labe" (1 text, 1 tune)
SongsOfManyNations, "Above a Plain" (1 text, 1 tune) (CC edition, p. 34)
NOTES [76 words]: The river "Labe" is the Elbe.
Tobitt's version is listed as arranged by Fjeril Hess and Lillian Jackson, but it isn't really an arrangement -- just the bare melody, with no harmonization or instrumental part. Nor is a translator listed, nor an original text. But it is stated that it is Czech.
"Ifca's Castle" is said to be in Přerov-nad-Labem, Czech Republic. This is a town perhaps fifteen miles east northeast of Prague, and yes, it's by the Elbe. - RBW
Last updated in version 6.3
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2022 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.