One Day I Chanced to Rove
DESCRIPTION: The singer falls in love with a rich girl. Her friends slight him because he is poor. He says he is not interested in her gold. If she would agree "we'll live at our end aye each other please"
EARLIEST DATE: 1881 (Christie)
KEYWORDS: courting love money nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #158, p. 2, ("As one day I chanced to rove"); Greig #23, p. 2, ("One day I chanced to rove") (1 text plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan5 965, "One Day I Chanced to Rove" (2 texts, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: W. Christie, editor, Traditional Ballad Airs (Edinburgh, 1881 (downloadable pdf by University of Edinburgh, 2007)), Vol II, pp. 228-229, "As One Day I Chanc'd to Rove" (1 tune)
The Shady Grove
NOTES [131 words]: Greig #23: .".. said to have been written by James Walker, Gonar Burn, and once popular in the New Pitsligo district. The first verse is as follows -- [text]. The stanza is the same as that of "Strichen's Plantins. I should not wonder if the tune was the same." Greig #158, quoting Christie's version in [Traditional] Ballad Airs [1876-1881]: "When we compare this ditty, which Christie takes to be incomplete, with "Brigtown's Plantins," we feel inclined to put the question -- Why should these two songs have so much likeness without having more?"
Christie: "The editor noted this Air, note for note, from the singing of 'Jennie Meesic' in 1851. The song given is what she sung to the Air. It appears to be a fragment." His version does not get beyond her disapproving friends. - BS
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