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Greensleeves
Last updated: 22.04.17
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Who has never heard the tune of Greensleeves? Not many, I bet as it is synonymous with English folk music and because it has been round one hell of a long time (it first appeared in print in 1580). Knowing the words is quite a different matter. As a child and young man I then found the lyrics pretty insipid, I mean "Alas! my love you do me wrong ....." as starters coupled with a mournful over sentimental air is not much to get a young macho male worked up, especially when in competition with bawdy naval ballads and rugby songs. Now in my senility I have rediscovered its charms and quite enjoy singing it.
The version I sing can be found in Folk Songs of the British Isles and originates from Ballet's Lutebook (early 17th century.
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