the song
title : The lowlands of Holland
written by : traditional, arranged by Dónal Lunny and Eddi Reader
song copyright : none;   arrangement © 1998 Donal Lunny Music and Chrysalis Music Ltd

the performance
musicians
Dónal Lunny bouzouki, guitar, bodhran bass
Nollaig Casey fiddle, viola
John McSherry Uilleann pipes, whistles
Graham Henderson keyboards
Fionn O’Lochlainn bass
Roy Dodds percussion
Ray Fean drums
with :
Eddi Reader lead and backing vocals
music
key : modal D minor
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 124
form : i ½v V V V ½v V p
lyrics

The lowlands of Holland


aah-aah-aah, etc.

on the night that I was married and in my marriage bed
there came a bold sea captain and he stood at my bed-head
crying “arise, arise young married man and come along with me
to the low lowlands of Holland to fight your enemy”

well, I held my love all in my arms, still thinking he might stay
but the captain he gave another order – he was forced to march away
crying “there’s many a blithe young married man this night must go with me
to the low lowlands of Holland to fight the enemy”

well Holland is a wondrous place and in it grows much green
it’s a wild inhabitation for me true love to be in
where the grass do grow and the winds do blow and there’s fruit on every tree
but the low lowlands of Holland parted my love and me


yeah-aah, aah-aah

no shoe nor stocking I’ll put on, nor comb go through my hair
nor shall no coal nor candlelight burn in my bower there
nor will I lie with any young man until the day I die
for the low lowlands of Holland parted my love and I


ah-aah
ah-ee-aah, etc.


the recording
personnel
produced by : Dónal Lunny
recorded by : Tim Martin at Real World Studios, Bath (?)
mixed by : Tim Martin at Real World Studios, Bath and/or Bunk, Junk and Genius, London
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 4:13
song timing : 4:08
released on
album : Coolfin track 2