I was reminded of it this week because it appears on a compilation called Birdsongs 9: Bring Down the Birds , which was put together by Stephen Cracknell of The Memory Band and available to subscribers to the Caught by the River newsletter. He sings the three verses a cappella before returning to and repeating the opening one accompanied by guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. As a consequence, the LP was, for around 30 years, a very rare bird indeed, with original vinyl copies exchanging hands at a high price. The song has a curious history. Instead, it stands for old world connections. Key to the story of the song is Maud Karpeles , who worked with legendary English folk revivalist Cecil Sharp.
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"She's Like the Swallow" | The Canadian Encyclopedia
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She's like the Swallow
The King's Singers are a British a cappella, two-time Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble who celebrated their 40th anniversary in Their name recalls King's College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed by six choral scholars in In the United Kingdom, their popularity peaked in the s and early s. Thereafter they began to reach a wider international audience, appearing frequently on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the U.
In It was arranged for voice and piano by the English classical composer Ralph Vaughan Williams , so it's one of those pieces that spans the worlds of both folk and classical music. Since Vaughan Williams is well-known for orchestral arrangements of English folk music, it's sometimes assumed that "She's Like the Swallow" is an English song. In fact, the melody may be derived from British folk songs, but the lyrics are very much from Newfoundland. The best-known 'folk' recording of "She's Like the Swallow" is by Cara Dillon , and the chords set out here will work with her version of the song. There's a little more information about the origin of "She's Like the Swallow" at Mudcat.