the song
title : Let me be
written by : words : traditional and Kate Rusby; music : Kate Rusby
song copyright : © 2003 copyright control / PRS

the performance
musicians
Kate Rusby vocal, guitar
Ian Carr guitar
John McCusker banjo
Andy Cutting diatonic accordion
Ewan Vernal double bass
with :
Paul Burch low chords guitar
Francis Macdonald snare drum
Eddi Reader backing vocal (‘la-la-las’)
Joe Rusby backing vocal (‘la-la-las’)
music
key : C major
time-signature : 4/4
tempo : MM 122
form : VR VR VR r r VR VR′ r r
lyrics

provided for research and private study only (see above for copyright details):

Let me be

they say a girl like me should wed
and take a man to lay in my bed
but I would like to stay young and free

and oh I wish they would let me be
oh I wish they would let me be
let me be

Robin the miller he’s fond of brass
he sees a fool’s face when he looks in glass
thinks he’ll bargain like grain for me

but oh I wish he would let me be
oh I wish he would let me be
Robin, let me be

there came a man named Bonny Jim
he looked so fine in his holiday trim
thinks he’ll take me off to the sea

but oh I wish he would let me be
oh I wish he would let me be
Jim, let me be, Jim, let me be

– la-la vocalise

cousin Dick he has gold and land
he thinks all this will win my hand
my hand nor lips he will never see

but oh I wish he would let me be
oh I wish he would let me be
Dick, let me be

but this young soldier boy is Ned
if his gun’s like his own he can shoot me dead
his eyes are blue but they don’t see me

oh why does he let me be?
oh why does he let me be?
let me be, why, let me be?

– la-la vocalise and backing la-las


the recording
personnel
produced by : John McCusker
recorded by : Joe Rusby at Pure Records Studio, South Yorkshire
mixed by : Joe Rusby? at Pure Records Studio
mastered by : Bunt Stafford-Clark at Town House Studios, London
technical
signal path : DDD
track timing : 3:55
song timing : 3:52
released on
album : Underneath the stars track 3