“One Morning in May (To Hear the Nightingale Sing)”

Alternate titles: “The Bold Grenadier”; “The Nightingale's Song, or the Soldier's Rare Musick and Maid's Recreation”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1903 (Belden)
Keywords: soldier courting separation marriage fiddle
Found in: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,SE,So) Britain(Scotland,England(Lond,South)) Canada(Newf)

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

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Recordings

References

  1. Laws P14, "The Nightingale (One Morning in May)"
  2. Belden, pp. 239-244, "The Nightingale" (3 texts plus 2 excerpts and a reference to 1 more, 2 tunes)
  3. Randolph 58, "One Morning in May" (3 texts plus 1 fragment and 1 excerpt, 1 tune plus a fragment)
  4. BrownIII 13, "One Morning in May" (1 text plus a fragment and mention of 2 more)
  5. Scarborough-SongCatcher, 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)
  6. Eddy 103, "One Morning in May" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Flanders/Olney, pp. 164-165, "The Banks of Low Lee" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Peacock, pp. 594-595, "The Soldier and the Lady" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Karpeles-Newfoundland 77, "The Nightingale" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  10. Leach, pp. 744-745, "One Morning in May (The Nightingale)" (1 text)
  11. Wyman-Brockway I, p. 68, "The Nightingale" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. Cambiaire, p. 92, "The Nightingale" (1 text)
  13. JHCoxIIA, #24A-C, pp. 94-98, "The Nightingale," "One Morning in May" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
  14. FSCatskills 130, "A Bold, Brave Bonair" (1 text, 1 tune)
  15. SharpAp 145, "The Nightingale" (5 texts, 5 tunes)
  16. Sharp/Karpeles-80E 47, "The Nightingale" (1 text, 1 tune -- a composite version)
  17. Ritchie-Southern, pp. 40-41, "See the Waters A-Gliding" (1 text, 1 tune)
  18. Sandburg, 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")
  19. Kennedy 185, "The Nightingales Sing" (1 text, 1 tune)
  20. Copper-SoBreeze, pp. 210-211, "To Hear the Nightingales Sing" (1 text, 1 tune)
  21. Lomax-FSNA 198, "The Wild Rippling Water" (1 text, 1 tune)
  22. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 52-53, "Fiddling Soldier" (1 text, 1 tune)
  23. Fife-Cowboy/West 3, "The Wild Rippling Water" (1 text, 1 tune)
  24. Hodgart, p. 237, "The Wild Rippling Water" (1 text)
  25. MacSeegTrav 45, "The Lady and the Soldier" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
  26. Darling-NAS, pp. 137-138, "One Morning in May" (1 text)
  27. Silber-FSWB, p. 166, "One Morning In May (The Nightingale)" (1 text)
  28. BBI, ZN277, "As I went forth one Sun-Shining day"
  29. DT 340, NTNGALE NTNGALE2* NTNGALE3* NTNGALE4
  30. Roud #140
  31. BI, LP14