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A MAID IN BEDLAM "Maid in Bedlam" was a drastic reworking of an earlier song in which a black, George Sighous, was in Bedlam for his mad love for an English girl. It's on a single sheet song with music, c 1740, called "The Black's Lamentation", but the tune on the single sheet is nothing like "Gramachree Molly". More specifics. George Ogle's song "As down on Banna's banks I strayed" (Grammachree Molly) was in the London Magazine, Sept., 1774. "Maid in Bedlam" with tune direction "Gramachree" is in 'The Scots Nightingale' 2nd ed. 1779 (and probably in the 1778 edition); and same in 'Wilson's Musical Miscellany' = 'St. Cecilia', 1779; same, 'The Scots Vocal Miscellany', 1780. With the tune the song is in 'The Scots Musical Museum', #46, 1787, where it is followed by "Grammachree Molly" 2 slightly different versions of A Maid in Bedlam (neither are the Pentangle version). The second one seems more complete. A MAID IN BEDLAM Abroad as I was walking one evening in the spring I heard a maid in Bedlam who mournfully did sing Her chains she rattled on her hands, and thus replied she "I love my love because I know my love loves me Oh cruel were his parents who sent my love to sea And cruel was the sailing ship that bore my love from me Yet I love his parents since their his, although they've ruined me I love my love because I know my love loves me With straw I'll weave a garland, I'll weave it wondrous fine With roses, lilies, daisies I'll mix the eglantine And I'll present it to my love when he returns from sea I love my love because I know my love loves me" Just as she sat there weeping, her love, he came on land Then hearing she was in Bedlam he ran straight out of hand He flew into her snow-white arms, and thus replied he "I love my love because I know my love loves me" She said, "My love, don't frighten me, are you my love or no?" "Oh yes, my dearest Nancy, I am your love also I am returned to make amends for all your injury I love my love because I know my love loves me I love my love because I know my love loves me" ***** A MAID IN BEDLAM (Traditional: English late 1700's) Abroad as I was walking One evening in the spring I heard a maid in Bedlam So sweetly for to sing Her chain she rattled with her hands And thus replied she Chorus: I love my love Because I know My love loves me Oh my cruel parents Are being too unkind They drove and punish me And trouble my mind For though I'm ruined for his love Contented will I be Chorus Would I become a swallow Ascend into the air And if I lost my lover And could not find him there I quickly would become a fish And search the flowing sea Chorus With straw I'll make a garland And dress it very fine I'll mix the wame with roses Lily pink and tyne I will preserve it for my love When he returns from sea Chorus Just as she was sadly weeping Her love came on the land Hearing she was in Bedlam He ran straight out of hand And as he entered into the gates He heard her sigh and say Chorus He stood and gazed on her Hearing his love complain He could not stand any longer He bled in every vein He flew in to her snowy white arms And thus replied he Chorus (Contributed by Andy & Mogg - January 2004)

    


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