Felton Lonnin (Pelton Lonnin') (I, II, III)
DESCRIPTION: Pipe tune, with assorted incidental lyrics: "The kye's come hame but aw see not ma hinny, The key's come hame but aw see not ma bairn." Or "There's three fames horses frae Felton Lonnin.'" Or "The swine cam jumpin' down Pelton Lonnin'."
EARLIEST DATE: 1900 (Stokoe/Reay), who attribute one set of words to 1793
KEYWORDS: music animal love separation beauty
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Stokoe/Reay, pp. 150-151, "Felton Lonnin'" (3 texts, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: [Cuthbert Sharp], _The Bishopric Garland, A Collection of Legends, Songs, Ballads, &c Belonging to the County of Durham_, 1834 (references are to the 1969 reprint), p. 41, "Pelton Lonin" (1 short text, perhaps the same as the above; 1 tune on p. 86)
NOTES: This piece presents a genuine puzzle to the collector: Three songs, or one? Stokoe's first version, a fragment, certainly looks traditional. The third probably is, too, it looks a bit like a singing game. The second looks more like a broadside.
None of the versions seems very well known. And they all use the same tune, described as a pipe tune. I finally decided to lump them. Roud does the same.
The first text was expanded by Johnny Handle into a full-grown missing-love song and recorded by Ray Fisher, but only the first two verses and the tune are traditional. - RBW
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