One Night As I Lay On My Bed
DESCRIPTION: Singer dreams of his love; the dreams torment him so much that he goes out and calls at her window, bidding her to let him in. She demurs, saying her parents will punish her. He says they're asleep and won't hear; she lets him in.
EARLIEST DATE: 1803 (Scots Musical Museum)
KEYWORDS: courting sex nightvisit
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South),Scotland) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
VaughanWilliams/Lloyd-PenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs, p. 79, "One Night as I Lay On My Bed" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 425, "Whisper, My Love, Do" (1 text)
Karpeles-FolkSongsFromNewfoundland 81, "Go From My Window" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle 101, "Open the Window" (1 text)
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, "One Night as I Lay On My Bed" (on ENMacCollSeeger02)
cf. "The Drowsy Sleeper" [Laws M4]
cf. "Farewell to Bonny Galaway" (lyrics, theme).
cf. "Go From my Window, Go"
cf. "The Waters of Dee" (theme)
NOTES [21 words]: [The earliest known version of this was a] fragment found by Burns [and] published in Johnson's "The Scots Musical Museum." - PJS
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