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(There was a) Lady every Skin and Bone

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Roy Palmer:Everyman"s publication of brother BalladsPeggy Seeger, Ewan MacColl:The to sing IslandJean Ritchie:Folk song of the southerly Appalachians

Jean Ritchie sang Skin and also Bonesin 1952 on her Elektra albumSinging the classic Songs that Her traditional Kentucky hill Family.Edward Tatnall Canby wrote in the sleeve notes:

A musical ghost story, usually sung in a half-light with much shiveringexpectation in the hearne audience. The explosive BOO! that invariablybreaks up the party at its end could not effectively recorded; we"ve put ina microphonable substitute.

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Ewan MacColl sang Old Lady every Skin and also Bonesin 1961 on his and Peggy Seeger"s Folkways albumTwo-Way Trip.They also included the song year previously in their bookThe to sing Island.The album"s liner note commented:

‘Death and also the Lady’ has been a typical theme in europe artfrom the Middle periods onwards. Many of the song on this template retain somethingof the middle ages homiletic poem. In modern times the theme has actually inspired anumber the lugubrious ditties, the most noteworthy gift those which to be sungby American soldiers in world WarI and by brothers airmen in people WarII.Perhaps the many assimilated people version that the topic is in the Scotsnursery rhyme, The weird Visitor.

Cyril Tawney sang There was a Lady all Skin and also Boneon his 1970 Argo albumChildren’s songs from Devon and Cornwall.He noted:

A favourite ‘scarey’ tune to startle the unsuspecting.I videotaped this variation from Molly Spooner that Yelverton, Devon, in June 1964.

Jo Freya sang There to be a Lady every Skin and also Bonein 1992 on she Saydisc albumTraditional songs of England.The liner notes commented:

A popular subject in europe literature and also music for centuries to be theDeath and the Ladytheme and this gruesome song is a typical classic song manifestation.A children ditty in America runs:

The worms crawl in, the worms to crawl out,The worms play pinochle on her snout.

A soldier’s track in the American military during the first World Warfollowed the same pattern, as did a british airman’s song throughout the2nd world War.

The Devil"s term sang Lady every Skin and Bonein c.2005 on their EPDemon Lovers,and Jim Causley sang it in 2007 ~ above his WildGoose solo albumLost Love Found.He noted:

This is a version of a tune my Mum used to sing to mine sister and also me whenwe were children. Her favourite time to song it to united state would be once driving homethrough winding lanes at night simply after she had actually pretended the auto had brokendown… i think that explains why I prospered up come be somewhat unbalanced!James have the right to take all the wrap for the selection of chords, in which method thisarrangement really renders me think that the music come the computer game,‘Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge’.Anyone who has ever before owned one Amiga will know specifically what ns mean!

Eliza Carthy sang Lady every Skin and Bonein 2019 on she Topic albumRestitute.She noted:

A campfire classic! ns don"t remember whereby or when I learned this.I"ve been singing it now for for this reason long. There room comedy versions out therebut I"ve always loved the lesson, and also the worms… the first appearanceof a sexton here , gateway to the further civilization andleveller of anyone rich and poor.

Jackie Oates and also John Spiers sang There to be a Lady every Skin and Boneon your 2020 albumNeedle Pin, Needle Pin.

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Ewan MacColl sings Old Lady every Skin and Bones The Devil"s Interval sing Lady every Skin and also Bone

There was a lady all skin and also bone,And such a lady was never known;It happened on a holiday,The lady checked out church to pray.

There to be a lady all skin and bone,And together a lady was never known;It occurred on a holiday,The lady checked out the church come pray.

And when she came unto the stile,She tarried there a small while;And as soon as she come unto the door,She tarried over there a tiny more.

And as soon as she come unto the stile,She tarried over there a tiny while;And when she come unto the door,She tarried there a small more.

And as soon as she came unto the aisle,She had actually a sad and woeful smile;She"d come a long and a weary mile,Her sin and also sorrow to beguile.

And once she come unto the aisle,She had actually a sad and a woeful smile;She had come a long and a weary mile,Her sin and also sorrow come beguile.

And she walked up and she walked down,And she experienced a dead guy upon the ground;And indigenous his nose depend his chin,The worms crept out and the worms crept in.

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Well, she"s walked up and she"s go down,And she experienced a dead male all top top the ground;And native his nose unto his chin,The worms crept out and also the worms crept in.

Then the lady come the sexton said,“Shall ns be so once I to be dead?”And the sexton come the lady said,“You"ll it is in the same when you space dead.”

And together the worms with him walk creep,Then request the lady if sore she walk weep,“Will i be this means oh as soon as I die?”And the dead guy turned his head and also he answered, “Aye!”

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