01 High Germany

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The classic folk song High Germany which probably originally dates from the 1700s about the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714).
Thanks to Beverley Folk Festival for recording this at The Big Top stage marquee and you can see the clip here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3-g3itMuaw&list=PLWojLOLxRFpFzU6Lok2EPgSyyU_f-7Ysj&index=10
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDBEzqZG-MM

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High Germany (Traditional song arranged by Mitchell and Vincent)

“Oh Polly love, oh Polly, the rout has now begun,
And we must go a-marching to the beating of the drum.
Go dress yourself all in your best and come along with me;
I'll take you to the cruel war in High Germany.”

“Oh Billy love, oh Billy, come list what I do say,
My feet they are so tender, I cannot march away.
And besides, my dearest Billy, I am with child by thee,
Not fitted for the cruel war in High Germany.”

“I'll buy for you a horse, my love, and on it you shall ride
And all my delight shall be a-riding by your side.
We'll stop at every alehouse and drink when we are dry,
We'll be true to one another, get married by and by.”

Oh, cursed be them cruel wars that ever they should rise
And out of Merry England press many a man like-wise.
They pressed my true love from me, like-wise my brothers three,
And sent them to the cruel wars in High Germany.

INSTRUMENTAL

No, my friends I do not value nor my foes I do not fear,
Now my love has left me I wander far and near.
And when my baby it is born and a-smiling on my knee
I'll think on lovely Billy in High Germany.

“Oh Polly love, oh Polly, the rout has now be-gun,
And we must go a-marching to the beating of the drum.
Go dress yourself all in your best and come along with me;
I'll take you to the cruel war in High Germany.”

credits

from CIRCLING THE SQUARE, released August 1, 2016
Traditional arranged by Mitchell and Vincent.

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Mitchell and Vincent UK

David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are a folk duo from Dorset and Somerset who play a lively mix of traditional tunes which they have arranged for Fiddle and Classical Guitar alongside songs from around the British Isles.
They have performed at a whole variety of festivals, events and concerts around the UK and abroad.
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