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It Was a Lover and His Lass
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This song is taken from Shakespeare's 'As You Like It.' The melody just seemed to fit.
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Classical - Renaissance
Previous peak charts position #63
Previous peak charts position in subgenre #5
Shakespeare/Fugli
Fugli
March 31, 2006
MP3 2.8 MB
128 kbps bitrate
3:01 minutes
Story behind the song
I was working on a Shakespearian set, and this song seemed to be the way to start it. The traditional melody was too flowery for my taste, so I wrote another one. Other versions of this song also seem to take a lot of liberties with the text - repeating parts in order to fit some predesigned meter to which this song does not naturally fit. I used the text pretty straight from the play. There is a brief diversion of the meter at the end of the fourth verse... That’s my brief tribute to the traditional melody.
Lyrics
It was a lover and his lass, With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, That o'er the green corn-field did pass In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding: Sweet lovers love the spring. Between the acres of the rye, With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino These pretty country folks would lie, In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding: Sweet lovers love the spring. This carol they began that hour, With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino, How that a life was but a flower In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding: Sweet lovers love the spring. And therefore take the present time, With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino; For love is crowned with the prime In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding: Sweet lovers love the spring.
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