ALL ROUND MY HAT (I WEAR THE GREEN WILLOW)

Latest update on 05/11/2009

Artist: Sabine Baring-Gould
Author: John Hansell/John Valentine
Year: 1838

In his songbook A Garland Of Country Song. A big 'hit' in those days as sung by W.H. Williams. London (Cockney) street song. The English forefather of Round Her Neck She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, later Tie A Yellow Ribbon (US) and The Black Velvet Band (IRE). When lovers were separated (by war, jail or deportation), the left behind one was supposed to greef and hope, wearing a distinctive hatdress. Leaves of the weeping willow were an obvious choice.

Covers:

1951:

Johnny McDonagh [same melody in The Death Of Brugh; Cathal Brugha was a leader of the Irish revolt of 1916; he was shot by the British in '22; Irish Alan Lomax recording]

1959:

John Langstaff

1962:

Neil O'Brien [as All Around My Hat]

1966:

Anne Byrne [as Tri Coloured Ribbon]

1966:

Wolfe Tones [idem; Irish nationalistic reflex]

1968:

Paedar Kearney [as Tri-coloured Ribbon; Irish republican variation, focusing on the repercussions of the Easter 1916 uprising; Peter Bellamy recording]

1975:

Steeleye Span [as All Around My Hat; international folk hit, in UK bigger than any other trad. song]

1986:

José [idem]

1996:

Status Quo [idem; with Maddy Pryor (Steeleye Span) on harmony vocals]

Same tune as in The Budgeon Is A Fine Trade (1850s). (Round Her Neck) She Wears/Wore A Yellow Ribbon (Andrews Sisters a.o.) is another song with oldest versions around 1917/18 (George A. Norton & American Quartet).

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