One Morning in May (To Hear the Nightingale Sing) [Laws P14]

DESCRIPTION: A (soldier) and a pretty girl meet; they chat and he plays on the fiddle for her. When she asks him to play more, he says it is time to leave. She asks him to marry; he already has a wife and children
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1903 (Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety)
KEYWORDS: soldier courting separation marriage fiddle
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,SE,So) Britain(Scotland,England(Lond,North,South)) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (55 citations):
Laws P14, "The Nightingale (One Morning in May)"
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 185, "The Nightingales Sing" (1 text, 1 tune)
Copper-SongsAndSouthernBreezes, pp. 210-211, "To Hear the Nightingales Sing" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 495, "To Hear the Nightingale Sing" (1 text)
OShaughnessy-MoreFolkSongsFromLincolnshire 2, "The Bold Grenadier" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-FolkSongsCollectedBy-Ralph-VaughanWilliams, #93, "The Grenadier and the Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud/Bishop-NewPenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs #77, "Bold Grenadier" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brocklebank/Kindersley-DorsetBookOfFolkSongs, p. 21, "Grenadier and Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety, pp. 239-244, "The Nightingale" (3 texts plus 2 excerpts and a reference to 1 more, 2 tunes)
Randolph 58, "One Morning in May" (3 texts plus 1 fragment and 1 excerpt, 1 tune plus a fragment)
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore3 13, "One Morning in May" (1 text plus a fragment and mention of 2 more)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5 13, "One Morning in May" (5 tunes plus excerpts of texts)
Morris-FolksongsOfFlorida, #192, "The Nightingale" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Abrahams/Riddle-ASingerAndHerSongs, pp. 23-25, "The Nightingale Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
Moore/Moore-BalladsAndFolkSongsOfTheSouthwest 97, "The Nightingale" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-TexasFolkSongs-2ed, pp. 60-61, "I Was Out Walking" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wolfe/Boswell-FolkSongsOfMiddleTennessee 14, pp. 27-28, "One Morning in May" (1 text, 1 tune)
Burton/Manning-EastTennesseeStateCollectionVol1, p. 95, "The Soldier and the Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
Burton/Manning-EastTennesseeStateCollectionVol2, p. 31, "The Soldier and the Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
Scarborough-ASongCatcherInSouthernMountains, pp. 310-311, "One Morning in May" (2 texts, with local titles "See the Waters Gliding," "One Morning, One Morning, One Morning in May"; 2 tunes on pp. 438-439)
Eddy-BalladsAndSongsFromOhio 103, "One Morning in May" (1 text, 1 tune)
Grimes-StoriesFromTheAnneGrimesCollection, pp. 81-82, "The Nightingale" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders/Olney-BalladsMigrantInNewEngland, pp. 164-165, "The Banks of Low Lee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 594-595, "The Soldier and the Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
Karpeles-FolkSongsFromNewfoundland 77, "The Nightingale" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Leach-TheBalladBook, pp. 744-745, "One Morning in May (The Nightingale)" (1 text)
Wyman/Brockway-LonesomeSongs-KentuckyMountains-Vol1, p. 68, "The Nightingale" (1 text, 1 tune)
Thomas-DevilsDitties, pp. 112-113, "Nightingale" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Cambiaire-EastTennesseeWestVirginiaMountainBallads, p. 92, "The Nightingale" (1 text)
Cox/Hercog/Halpert/Boswell-WVirginia-A, #24A-C, pp. 94-98, "The Nightingale," "One Morning in May" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
Bush-FSofCentralWestVirginiaVol2, pp. 73-75, "The Brave Volunteer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gainer-FolkSongsFromTheWestVirginiaHills, pp. 122-123, "One Morning in May" (1 text, 1 tune)
Boette-SingaHipsyDoodle, p. 40, "One Morning in May" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cazden/Haufrecht/Studer-FolkSongsOfTheCatskills 130, "A Bold, Brave Bonair" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 145, "The Nightingale" (5 texts, 5 tunes)
Sharp/Karpeles-EightyEnglishFolkSongs 47, "The Nightingale" (1 text, 1 tune -- a composite version)
Karpeles-TheCrystalSpring 40, "The Bod Grenadied, or The Nightingale" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wells-TheBalladTree, p. 222, "The Nightingale" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves/Sharp-TheIdiomOfThePeople 17, "The Bold Grenadier" (4 texts)
Ritchie-FolkSongsOfTheSouthernAppalachians, pp. 40-41, "See the Waters A-Gliding" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sandburg-TheAmericanSongbag, pp. 136-138, "One Morning in May" (2 texts, 1 tune, but only the "A" text is this piece; the "B" text is "The Rebel Soldier")
Lomax-FolkSongsOfNorthAmerica 198, "The Wild Rippling Water" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen/Seeger/Wood-NewLostCityRamblersSongbook, pp. 52-53, "Fiddling Soldier" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife/Fife-CowboyAndWesternSongs 3, "The Wild Rippling Water" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hodgart-FaberBookOfBallads, p. 237, "The Wild Rippling Water" (1 text)
MacColl/Seeger-TravellersSongsFromEnglandAndScotland 45, "The Lady and the Soldier" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
Warner-FolkSongsAndBalladsOfTheEasternSeaboard, pp. 41-42, "One Morning in May" (1 text)
Dallas-TheCruelWars-100SoldiersSongs, pp. 68-70, "The Nightingale" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NewAmericanSongster, pp. 137-138, "One Morning in May" (1 text)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 166, "One Morning In May (The Nightingale)" (1 text)
NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal, Andra Joy Hamilton, "A Garland of Ballads from Caldwell County", Vol. 3, No. 1 (Jul 1955), p. 10, "One Morning in May" (1 text, 1 tune)
SongsOfAllTime, p. 10, "One Morning in May" (1 text, 1 tune)
Olson-BroadsideBalladIndex, ZN277, "As I went forth one Sun-Shining day"
ADDITIONAL: _Sing Out_ magazine, Volume 22, #2 (1973), p, 18, "The Brave Volunteer" (1 text, 1 tune, the Bob Beers version)

Roud #140
Raymond & John Cantwell, "The Soldier and the Lady" (on FSB02, FSB2CD)
Liam Clancy, "The Nightingale" (on IRLClancy01)
Coon Creek Girls, "The Soldier and the Lady" (Vocalion 05404, 1940; rec. 1938)
Bill Cox, "Fiddling Soldier" (Melotone 7-08-70, 1937)
Betty Garland, "One Morning in May" (on BGarland01)
Mrs. Jack [Vera] Keating, "The Weaver" (on Ontario1)
Neil Morris, "The Irish Soldier and the English Lady" (on LomaxCD1707)
Howard Morry, "The Soldier and the Lady" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
New Lost City Ramblers, "Soldier and the Lady" (on NLCR13)
Shorty & Juanita Sheehan, "The Soldier and the Lady" (on FineTimes)
Marvin Thornton & Fort Thomas group, "The Soldier and the Lady" (AFS, 1938; on KMM)
Doug Wallin, "The Nightingale" (on Wallins1)

cf. "The Gentleman Soldier" (plot)
cf. "Across the Blue Mountains" (theme)
cf. "The Crystal Spring" (plot)
cf. "1913 Massacre" (tune)
cf. "Harbour Le Cou" (theme)
cf. "The Nightingale (IV) (As I walked out one May morning my fortune for to seek)" (plot)
The Bold Grenadier
The Nightingale's Song, or the Soldier's Rare Musick and Maid's Recreation
File: LP14

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