Kid's Songs, Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes For Your Little Stars

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  9. Did You Ever See A Lassie
  10. I Hear Thunder
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  15. Girls and Boys Come Out To Play
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English Country Garden

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Origins of "English Country Garden"

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How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
I'll tell you now of some that I know
Those I miss you'll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart's ease and phlox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentian, lupin and tall hollyhocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, forget-me-nots
In an English country garden

How many insects come here and go
In an English country garden?
I'll tell you now of some that I know
Those I miss you'll surely pardon
Fireflies, moths and bees
Spiders climbing in the trees
Butterflies drift in the gentle breeze
There are snakes, ants that sting
And other creeping things
In an English country garden

How many songbirds fly to and fro
In an English country garden?
I'll tell you now of some that I know
Those I miss you'll surely pardon
Bobolink, cuckoo and quail
Tanager and cardinal
Bluebird, lark, thrush and nightingale
There is joy in the spring
When the birds begin to sing
In an English country garden

How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
I'll tell you now of some that I know
Those I miss you'll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart's ease and phlox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentian, lupin and tall hollyhocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, forget-me-nots
In an English country garden

Origins of "English Country Garden"

It may surprise some to learn that the lyrics to "English Country Garden", this quintessetially English folk song, were written by an American, Robert M.Jordan.

William Kimber, from The Morris BookWilliam Kimber, photographed in "The Morris Book"

The melody was documented by the folk music collector, Cecil Sharp (22 November 1859 - 23 June 1924). Sharp was spending Christmas of 1899 with his mother-in-law, at her home, Sandfield Cottage, in Headington, near Oxford, England. On Boxing Day (the day after Christmas Day in the UK), a group of morris dancers performed outside the house. The dancers were accompanied on Anglo concertina by William Kimber (8 September 1872 - 26 December 1961), a bricklayer from nearby Headington Quarry. Giving him a half-sovereign, Sharpe asked Kimber return the following day to play the tunes again. Recalling that day in an interview with the BBC just before his death in 1961, Kimber recounted that Sharp noted down a number of the Headington Morris Dance tunes, including "Country Gardens" - a traditional English morris dance tune first published in London in 1728, in "The Quaker's Opera". It was based on the folk song, "The Vicar of Bray".

Collaborating with writer Herbert C.MacIlwaine, Sharp published the tune in 1907, as "The Handkerchief Dance", in "Morris Dance Tunes". This book was published to accompany "The Morris Book: A History of Morris Dancing, With a Description of Eleven Dances as Performed by the Morris-Men of England", in which Sharp and MacIlwaine described the morris dance itself.

In the hand-striking figure of this dance (for hand-strokes, see mark O in "B" music) there are four movements, as follows:-

Each dancer strikes both hands together. This is called in the Notation that follows-b.
Each, with the right hand, strikes the right hand of partner. This is marked in the Notation-r.
Each, with the left hand, strikes the left hand of partner. This is marked in Notation-l.
Each throws up hands. This is marked in Notation-u.

In striking, handkerchiefs are held bunched together in the hands.

Morris dance notation for Country Gardens, by Cecil Sharp
NOTATION OF HAND-STRIKING

In 1908, working from the melody that Sharp had collected from Kimber, Australian composer Percy Grainger (8 July 1882 - 20 February 1961) worked out a rough arrangement of "Country Gardens" for whistlers and a other instruments. Returning to the tune in spring 1918, he created a piano arrangement as a birthday present for his mother, Rose, on 3 July. It was dedicated to the memory of his friend, the composer Edvard Grieg, who had died in 1907. He played his arrangement at the end of a concert in 1918, where it was very well received by the audience. It was published in New York by Schirmer in 1919. It was also published in London by Schott, with the title "Country Gardens: English Morris dance tune, collected by Cecil J. Sharp and set for piano by Percy Aldridge Grainger".

Grainger's arrangement became a huge hit, selling more than 40,000 copies a year in the US alone. It provided him with a sizeable income for the rest of his life, although neither Sharp nor Kimber profited directly from it. In a letter to Sharp, Grainger wrote:

"At the risk of seeming impertinent, I take the liberty of again making a suggestion with regard to the royalty of Country Gardens. It has proven even more of a success than I had expected, and you will see from the enclosed photocopy that it has broken Schirmer's sales records. I hope you will forgive me if I ask you once again if you will consider sharing the royalty with me. I feel that it is quite undeserved that I should enjoy the whole of it myself."

"Country Gardens" was to become a millstone around Grainger's neck. It's success and popularity meant that he could not perform a concert without including it, and he felt that it overshadowed his more deserving original work. Grainger remarked:

"The typical English country garden is not often used to grow flowers in, it is more likely to be a vegetable plot. So you can think of turnips as I play it."

In 1958, the American lyricist Robert M.Jordan added lyrics to the tune (and the word "English" to the title). It was published by Hal Leonard in 1960, crediting both music and lyrics to Jordan. Recorded by American pop singer Jimmy Rodgers (born September 18, 1933), it reached #5 on the UK singles chart in June 1962.

Few of the species mentioned in Jordan's lyrics are native to the British Isles. Bobolinks, tanagers, cardinals, and bluebirds are all found only in the Americas, while the only British snakes, the adder and grass snake, are more likely to keep away from humans.

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