the song
title : Jock O’Hazeldean
written by : Walter Scott / traditional (see explanations below); arranged by Fairground Attraction
song copyright : none; arrangement © 1988 BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd

the performance
musicians
Eddi Reader vocal
Mark E. Nevin acoustic and electric guitars
Simon Edwards guitaron (Mexican acoustic bass)
Roy Dodds drum kit, percussion
music
key : C major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 134
form : VR VR VR VR p
lyrics

Jock O’Hazeldean

“Why weep ye by the tide, lady?
   Why weep ye by the tide?
I’ll wed ye tae my youngest son,
   And ye shall be his bride:
And ye shall be his bride, lady,
   Sae comely to hae be’ seen” –
But aye she let the tears doon fall
   For Jock O’Hazeldean.

“Now let this weary grief be done,
   And dry your cheek so pale;
Young Frank is chief of Errington,
   And lord of Langley-dale;
His step is feared thoughout the land,
   His sword in battle keen” –
But aye she let the tears doon fall
   For Jock O’Hazeldean.

“A chain of gold ye shall not lack,
   Nor braid to bind your hair;
Nor mettled hound, nor managed hawk,
   Nor palfrey fresh and fair;
And you, the fairest of them all,
   Shall ride the forest queen” –
But oh she let the tears doon fall
   For Jock O’Hazeldean.

The kirk was deck’d at morning-tide,
   The tapers glimmer’d fair;
The priest and bridegroom wait the bride,
   The dame and knight were there.
They sought her far throughout the land;
   The lady was not seen!
She’s o’er the Border, and awa’
   Wi’ Jock O’Hazeldean.

– with vocalise



Walter Scott’s original version (and spelling!):

“Why weep ye by the tide, ladie?
   Why weep ye by the tide?
I’ll wed ye to my youngest son,
   And ye sall be his bride:
And ye sall be his bride, ladie,
   Sae comely to be seen” –
But aye she loot the tears down fa’
   For Jock of Hazeldean.

“Now let this wilfu’ grief be done,
   And dry that cheek so pale;
Young Frank is chief of Errington,
   And lord of Langley-dale;
His step is first in peaceful ha’,
   His sword in battle keen” –
But aye she loot the tears down fa’
   For Jock of Hazeldean.

“A chain of gold ye sall not lack,
   Nor braid to bind your hair;
Nor mettled hound, nor managed hawk,
   Nor palfrey fresh and fair;
And you, the foremost o’ them a’,
   Shall ride our forest queen” –
But aye she loot the tears down fa’
   For Jock of Hazeldean.

The kirk was deck’d at morning-tide,
   The tapers glimmer’d fair;
The priest and bridegroom wait the bride,
   And dame and knight are there.
They sought her baith by bower and ha’
   The ladie was not seen!
She’s o’er the Border, and awa’
   Wi’ Jock of Hazeldean.

source : The poetical works of Sir Walter Scott / edited by J. Logie Robertson. – Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1904 (and reprints) – page 730

explanations
According to a note in the edition “the first stanza is ancient”, which I take to mean that it is by, or closely based on something, ‘traditional’.

the recording
personnel
produced by : Fairground Attraction and Kevin Moloney
recorded by : Kevin Moloney at Chipping Norton Studios – 1988-12
mixed by : Kevin Moloney at ?
mastered by : ? at ?
technical
track timing : 3:06
song timing : m:ss
released on
single : Clare CD, 12" track 4
album : Ay fond kiss track 1
album : Best selection (comp., Japan) track 18
album : The very best of F.A. (comp.) track 13
album : The best of Fairground Attraction (comp., Japan) track 13
album : The very best of Fairground Attraction (comp.) track 12